Beshalach- weekly Torah portion

It is fair to say that most of us already know the story of this week’s portion of the Torah pretty well. It does not really matter what has happened to us in the past, the fears of what may happen in the future will make us complain. These complaints will be accompanied by an expectation that there will be someone out there who will do something to solve it for us. The Israelites fleeing Egypt are not different. They are pursued by the Egyptians who “overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.” The Israelites, fearing for their safety complain bitterly to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderne

Bo- weekly Torah portion

When our first child was born, immediately I started trying to figure out who he looked like – if he looked like my husband or if he looked like me. To my dismay, he looked exactly like my husband! I’ve gotten over it since then. But as time passes, I find myself still looking into his face and looking for signs of myself. I think to myself: he came out of me, and I am a partner in his creation – so where am I in him? But, after studying this week’s Torah portion, Bo, I learn an important lesson. arik einstein-uf gozal-Fly, Chick-Hebrew + English Lyrics The tradition pidyon haben - the redeeming of the first born - is a ceremony that takes place if the first child is a boy and is born th

VaEra- weekly Torah portion

Moses argues in this week’s portion of the Torah, “Behold, I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me?” The relationship between Moses, Aaron and the Pharaoh are then defined, “See, I make you as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.” To the Pharaoh, Moses shall become his god and therefore there will be no need for direct speech between them, the prophecy shall be done by the prophet Aaron. He will be the intermediary who will bring the message to the Pharaoh. His message will not be only the words but also events that follow the words. These escalating events shall be unique and not simply magic by some magician or wizard that may be performed by t

Shemot- weekly Torah portion

Reading yet once again the portion of the Torah of this Shabbat, Shemot, from the book of Exodus, the ancient story became familiar to me than ever before. Today I want to speak of two stries of stones, two stories of deprivation, and two stories where what is done also results in difficulty and misery. One story in generations old the other is just unfolding before us. Each of the stories has its own roots, each having its unique aspects, and still there are similarities to be considered. There are also learnings we can take from the older tale, learning we expect others to adopt when we read them, but do not find them easy to adopt ourselves even when we realize the potential of these teac

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