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The Steps of Freedom
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Leaving Egypt was not a quick fix; it was a slow process, made up of many stages. While each plague made Pharaoh more defiant, more stubborn, the Jews, who looked on in awe at the humbling of Egypt, were strengthened in their belief in the God of their fathers and mothers. God’s sudden involvement in […]
The Children We Have
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Believe me Rebbi, I only care about my child’s Yiddishkeit, and if he doesn’t go on the right path then I prefer that he should just die already. – spoken to Harav Aaron Leib Shteinman A father approached the Gadol HaDor known for his wisdom, insight, deep sensitivity and understanding.  The father was fervent in his […]
Pesach and Shabbos
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וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת הַמַּצּוֹת You shall guard the matzos (12:17) Characterization through Reiteration A term which features frequently in the pesukim dealing with Pesach is that of “shemirah” – guarding. In our pasuk we are told to “guard the matzos”, later in this perek,[1] it states “וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה – you shall safeguard this matter,” […]
I’m Never Wrong
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And Moshe said, “So said HASHEM, at approximately midnight, I will go out into Mitzraim”. Shemos 11:4 After a “natural” disaster, people speak with reverence. Even arrogant individuals, after living through a hurricane, tidal wave, or earthquake, have a sense of humility. Their reality has been changed, and they view life differently. Yet, when Pharaoh […]
Pointing a Finger
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It begins: As God had promised Avraham hundreds of years earlier, the Jews will be extricated from Egypt – but the exodus will not be instantaneous. Rather, it will unfold slowly, deliberately: Moshe is sent to “negotiate” the release of the Jewish slaves, but Pharaoh denies any knowledge of the God of the Jews (Shmot […]