Tag Archives: Moses

Va’era: Sight words

Last week in Shemot, after Moses had run away from Egypt after killing a man, he was wandering in the wilderness with his flock and “he looked and he saw a bush all aflame.  Moses said, ‘I must turn aside … Continue reading

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V’etchanan: Left behind

Sometimes the relevance of Torah just looks you in the eye and says, “I’m here.” “Let me, I pray, cross over and see the good land on the other side of the Jordan, that good hill country… but God ..would … Continue reading

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Matot/Masei – changing the ending

We all make lists.  I think making lists is the most optimistic thing a person can do.  It’s like buying green bananas, or ordering an entire season of theater tickets.  The book of Bamidar is all about lists.  It’s even … Continue reading

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Ki Tisa: Behind the veil

The  tablets weren’t the only things that were smashed beyond repair when Moses came down from that mountain and saw the Israelites and the Golden Calf.  Something had changed, deep down at Moses’ core, which we don’t really read about … Continue reading

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Bo: Everyone is included

I have a teacher that lifts up the Torah text to the class and says, “We don’t live by this book.  We live by the commentary to this book.”  And he’s right; we don’t make the offerings in Leviticus, we … Continue reading

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Va’era: In the court of kings or fools

“Adonai said to Moses, “Look, I have given you (set you in the role) as God to Pharaoh, with your brother Aaron as your prophet.” (Ex 7:1) As if Moses wasn’t elevated enough in the community’s eyes, you would think, … Continue reading

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Not Vayishlach: Thanksgiving

I’m taking a break from cooking, preparing for a very joyous weekend.  We’re expanding the joy beyond Thanksgiving, given that my aunt is turning 90 this weekend, all the cousins and cousins’ children are coming into town, (most are staying … Continue reading

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