Tag Archives: Shemot

Beshallach: the long way ’round

As is typical in the book of Exodus, a lot happens in this week’s parasha, Be’shalach, not the least of which, by the way, is Moses’ Shirat Ha Yam, the Song of the Sea. Moses sings this after the people … Continue reading

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Va’era: A leading man

“The Israelites would not listen to me, how then should Pharaoh heed me, a man of uncircumcised lips” (Ex 611): Moses realized that the people whom he had just been assigned to lead wouldn’t listen to him. The whole promise … Continue reading

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Shemot: Revolution

Many of you know I study Torah with an incredible group of people each Tuesday. I take notes. I take a lot of notes. Everybody in the class knows that. Anita. Takes. Notes. Sometimes the weekly parasha speaks to me … Continue reading

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Terumah: Don’t need no fancy Mishkan

Wow, just reading Terumah, this week’s parasha, you just can’t avoid the obvious: God told the Israelites to make one fancy place to store the tablets Moses brought down from the mountaintop. I mean, really fancy. Multi-colored clothes, fine linen, … Continue reading

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Shmot: starting the journey

I have a friend who posted that “inauguration” means marking the beginning of something, and so challenged us to respond with whatever we are going to begin tomorrow.  Well, I answered “to keep raising my voice to speak [for] truth … 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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Terumah: Holy sand

“Va’asu li mikdash, v’shachanti b’tocham”  Make Me a sanctuary so I may dwell in their midst.  (Ex 25:8) So begins a DIY/Home Depot section of the Torah.  Many, many instructions follow in Terumah, this week’s parasha. Very detailed, very specific, … Continue reading

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