Rabbi Menachem Leibtag. founder of the Tanach Study Center, is one of pioneers of Torah Education via the Internet. He also lectures in Jewish communities and on college campuses throughout North America.
G-d appeared to Moshe and identified Himself by the Tetragrammaton (Y-H-V-H), which He said was a Name not made known to the Patriarchs. Of course, literally, the Forefathers knew and used this Name, as we see several places in Genesis. Rather, it means that the Patriarchs interacted with other aspects of G-d, as reflected by […]
At this point, the Chumash relates the families of the first three of the twelve Tribes of Israel. When it reaches the Tribe of Levi, the narrative goes into detail about the genealogy of Moshe and Aharon, whom G-d was sending to remove the Jews from Egypt.
Before the divergence into Moshe’s family tree, G-d was giving him instructions to visit Pharaoh and Moshe was protesting. G-d told Moshe not to worry. “Here’s what you can expect,” G-d told Moshe. “I will give Pharaoh the ability not to be intimidated, so he won’t cooperate. I’ll work a few miracles and eventually bring […]
G-d told Moshe and Aharon that Pharaoh would ask them for a sign. When he did, they were to pull the staff-into-a-snake trick. The brothers went to Pharaoh and did as they had been instructed. Pharaoh responded by calling his magicians. By using sleight of hand, they appeared to replicate the feat of turning staffs […]