Shabbat Greetings

We have questioned the business of Pharaoh’s “hardening of the heart” from many different aspects over the years. But there is another entity that we haven’t looked at – the average Egyptians themselves! Did they know why all of these “plagues” were happening to them while Goshen remained unscathed? Were they aware of Pharaoh’s attitude?…

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Shabbat Greetings

There are a lot of movies that depict the events of this week’s Torah portion, Shemot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1), so it might be the most famous portion of the entire Torah. The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt tell the story of the birth of Moses, his vision of God at the Burning Bush, and his first appearance…

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Shabbat Greetings

A major feature of this week’s Torah portion, Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) is the world’s first recorded Ethical Will, as Jacob approaches the end of his life. For each of his sons, he has either advice or predictions. Our Rabbis, however, wonder about his treatment of Joseph’s sons. There are many explanations, but let’s look at the…

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Shabbat Greetings

Rarely in life are we given a chance to correct the mistakes of our youth. One of the marks of becoming an adult is learning to live with our past errors and striving to grow from them. Sometimes, though, we are able to try again and see whether or not our efforts have made a difference,…

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