Tag Archives: Shemot

Mishpatim: Coming off the mountain

Truth is, folks….it’s tech week, (for those who aren’t theater folks, find someone who is, and ask them what tech week is like) and I barely have time to breathe.  So, here’s a post from the past on this week’s … Continue reading

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Shmot: Cousins

“These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each coming with his household: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. The total number of persons … Continue reading

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Ki Tisa: Touched by holiness

Ki Tissa – it’s all about the Calf, ‘bout the Calf. Though the Golden Calf story does take up a hefty piece of the parasha this week, something else caught my eye; two things, actually. The beginning of the parasha … Continue reading

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Va’era: Needing a hardened heart

“I will harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 7:3) Making Pharaoh’s heart heavy, making it “kaved”, (Hebrew root letters k’v’d) God sets in motion the plagues that will be visited upon Egypt. By making Pharaoh’s heart heavy, Pharaoh can’t see God and … Continue reading

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Mishpatim: Dad’s favorite phrase

One of my father’s favorite phrases was “It depends on whose ox is being gored.”  He said it whenever we were “discussing” a topic.    It was his way of making us consider the issue from someone else’s perspective.  Ever the … Continue reading

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Beshallach: Sea of Endings

There was no turning back.  The people had crossed the Sea, the Egyptians were drowned.  The old life was over, and there was nothing but the future ahead, through the undifferentiated wilderness.  Well, there’s a happy thought. It must have … Continue reading

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Shemot: Take notice

Bereshit is done.  The journey begins with Shemot, the book of Shemot and the Torah portion of the same name.  Bereshit was about tribes and families, a personal attachment to God.  Shemot moves us into a national identity, eventually moving … Continue reading

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