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Moshe and the “Daughter of God”
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“Shemot” means names, and indeed in Parshat Shemot there appear many names. However, the most important name of all is missing. The central figure of the Parsha, as well as of that of the entire Torah, our greatest leader and prophet, is Moshe. However, Moshe is the Egyptian name given to him by the daughter […]
Who Am I?
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Moses’ second question to God at the burning bush was, Who are you? “So I will go to the Israelites and say, ‘Your fathers’ God sent me to you.’ They will immediately ask me what His name is. What shall I say to them?” (Ex. 3: 13). God’s reply, Ehyeh asher ehyeh, wrongly translated in […]
Parshat Shemot: Bondage and Redemption
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“And these are the names of the Bnai Yisrael that came to Egypt. Each man with his household came with Yaakov.” (Shemot 1:1) The passage above is the opening of Sefer Shemot. Sefer Shemot deals with the bondage of Bnai Yisrael in Egypt and their eventual redemption. The commentaries on the Torah have various views […]
Parshat Shemot: And a new king arose
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“And a new king arose that did not know Yosef.” (Shemot 1:8) Sefer Shemot discusses the suffering of Bnai Yisrael in Egypt and their eventual redemption. Our passage introduces the events that led to the enslavement of Bnai Yisrael. The Torah tells us that a new king arose over Egypt. This king did not know […]