Rabbi Yehuda Maryles, director of Las Vegas NCSY, discusses the concept of Pharaoh’s free will and HaShem ‘hardening his heart’ in this week’s parsha – and what it would be like to have a Superbowl party in Ancient Egypt.
Go to Washington and make a tour of the memorials and you will make a fascinating discovery. Begin at the Lincoln Memorial with its giant statue of the man who braved civil war and presided over the ending of slavery. On one side you will see the Gettysburg Address, that masterpiece of brevity with its […]
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Albert Einstein “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Henry David Thoreau is unequivocal in his harsh assessment of the way in which most men move through their lives. The question is, How is his judgment relevant to our […]
The plagues continue; in fact, their severity seems to have increased. Pounded by plague after plague, the Egyptians suffer both physical discomfort and financial ruin. Although the Israelites had, for generations, been the engine that powered the Egyptian economy, the price the Egyptians were now paying to keep the slaves had become excessive. Did Pharaoh […]
Since back in early autumn, when we began reading the Book of Genesis in the synagogue, we have been reading one long story. It has been a very dramatic story, extending over many centuries. It began with the creation of man, and proceeded with the narrative of the transformation of a small family into a […]