[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch Kohen First Aliya – 11 p’sukim (10:1-11) G-d once again (previously with Frogs and “Dever”) sends Moshe to Par’o (in his palace) to warn about the Locust. [SDT] The signature of this week’s sedra – BO EL PAR’O is a phrase that occurs three times, each as an intoduction […]
Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya – First Aliya -11 p’sukim – 10:1-10 G-d once again (previously with Frogs and “Dever”) sends Moshe to Par’o (in his palace) to warn about the Locust. [SDT] The signature of this week’s sedra – BO EL PAR’O […]
Our tradition teaches us to avoid using the divine name. We are instructed not to pronounce it in vain, and not to refer to it directly in writing. Some permit the name to be spelled out in languages other than Hebrew, whereas I personally follow the stricter opinion and use other terms to designate the deity.
G-d told Moshe to accompany Him to see Pharaoh. When Moshe and Aharon arrived, they asked Pharaoh how long he intended to pursue his self-destructive path of stubbornness. The next plague, they told him, would be locusts. There was already a food shortage because of the hail; if Pharaoh persisted, a locust swarm would come […]
Clearly, Pharaoh’s offer was unacceptable because the locust swarm arrived as planned. The east wind blew in an unprecedented swarm that covered the land and ate every last leaf. Pharaoh sent for Moshe and Aharon, offering hasty apologies to them and to G-d. He begged them to remove the plague. Moshe left and prayed to […]
Pharaoh called Moshe and Aharon. “Fine!” he yelled, “You can take the children with you. Just leave the flocks behind.” “No can do,” Moshe replied (loosely translated). “We’ll need them in order to offer sacrifices to G-d. We won’t know exactly what we’ll need until we get there, so we have to bring everything to […]
G-d sent word through Moshe to Pharaoh that around midnight, He would kill every first-born male in Egypt, from Pharaoh’s first-born to that of a lowly servant girl. Even the first-born animals would be affected by this plague. This will be an occasion of unprecedented mourning among the Egyptians, but the Jews won’t suffer so […]