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Parshat Bo 6
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“And Hashem said to Moshe, “Go to Paroh. For I will make his heart stubborn and the hearts of his advisors so that I may place these wonders of mine in his midst, and so that you will retell to your children and grandchildren that I played with Egypt and the wonders that I placed […]
Parshat Bo 5
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“And all of these servants of yours will come down to me and they will bow to me and say, “Leave – you and all of the nation at your feet.” And afterwards I will leave. And he left from Paroh in anger.” (Shemot 11:8) I work with teenagers. Many – maybe even most – […]
Parshat Bo 4
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“This month shall be for you the head of the months. It shall be for you the first of the months of the year.” (Shemot 12:2) This pasuk introduces the first mitzvah that Hashem revealed to Moshe. We are commanded to establish a calendar. The calendar is to be based on the cycles of the […]
Parshet Vaeira 2
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“And Egypt will know that I am Hashem when I stretch my hand over Egypt and I take out Bnai Yisrael from among them.” (Shemot 7:5) We have all been moved by the death and destruction brought about by the recent tsunami. I have received many emails from various Jewish organizations that are involved in […]
Parshat Shemot 5
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“These are the names of the Bnai Yisrael that came to Egypt with Yaakov, each man and his household.” (Shemot 1:1) This pasuk introduces Sefer Shemot. Nachmanides, in his introduction to Sefer Shemot discusses the theme of Sefer Beresheit and this Sefer. He explains that the theme of Sefer Beresheit is creation. He acknowledges that […]
Parshat Toldot: Selling and Rejecting
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“And Esav said to Yaakov, “Let me swallow some of this red food for I am tired.” Therefore, his name is Edom”. (Beresheit 25:30) Esav returns from the field exhausted. Yaakov is preparing a lentil porridge. Esav asks Yaakov to give him the porridge. Yaakov offers to exchange the porridge for Esav’s rights as firstborn. […]
Parshat Shemot 4
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“And a new king arose that did not know Yosef.” (Shemot 1:8) This passage introduces the initiation of Bnai Yisrael’s subjugation in Egypt. Our Sages disagree on the meaning of this passage. Rav understands the pasuk literally. The previous king died and a new king assumed authority. Shmuel disagrees. He argues that a new king […]
Parshat Shemot 4
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“And the woman conceived and she gave birth. And she saw that the child was good and she hid him for three months.” (Shemot 2:2) Parents often sense that their children come preprogrammed. Children seem to be predisposed to certain behaviors and attitudes. Is this perception accurate? Are we capable of molding our children? To […]
Parshat Toldot: Brothers
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“And Yitzchak answered and said unto Esav: Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him; and what then shall I do for you, my son?” (Beresheit 27:37) Our parasha discusses the birth of Yaakov and Esav […]