Numbers in [square brackets] are the Mitzva-Count from Sefer HaChinuch. Kohen – First Aliya – 12 p’sukim – 6:2-13 [SDT] The two most common names of G-d in the Torah are E-LO-HIM and A-DO-NOI (as an act of respect for G-d’s sacred names, these two are generally pronounced ELOKIM and HASHEM respectively, when referred to […]
[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch Kohen First Aliya – 12 p’sukim (6:2-13) [SDT] The two most common names of G-d in the Torah are E-LO-HIM and A-DO-NOI (as an act of respect for G-d’s sacred names, these two are generally pronounced ELOKIM and HASHEM respectively, when referred to other than in prayer or Torah […]
There was a time in my life when I was fascinated by the works of the great psychoanalytic thinkers. Chief among them, of course, was Sigmund Freud, whose attitude towards his Jewish origins piqued my curiosity.
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 […]
After Moshe and Aharon departed from Pharaoh, Moshe prayed to G-d about the frogs. G-d answered Moshe’s prayers and the frogs died. The Egyptians shoveled them into huge heaps of stinking frog carcasses. But Pharaoh again steeled his resolve and refused to release the Jews. And so, G-d told Moshe to have Aharon strike the […]