Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
MISHPATIM, Exodus 21:1-24:18
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Open a volume of the Code of Federal Regulations or a copy of your local township's ordinances and you'll likely find a dry tabulation of seemingly disconnected laws, bereft of soul and lacking in any semblance of overarching character. At first glance, that appears to be what this week's Torah portion offers: a list of 53 laws dealing with such...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
"If you will obey Me faithfully and keep My covenant you shall be My treasured possession among all the peoples. Indeed, all the earth is Mine, but you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." God speaks these words through Moses to the people, as they prepare to receive the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai...
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BO, Exodus 10:1-13:16
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
We live in the space between birth and death, between death and birth. For some, the span between our entrance into and our departure from the world is brief. Others are granted days that grow into years and decades. Parshat Bo reminds us how the life spans of individuals both mirror and challenge the life spans of nations and peoples...
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VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Beginning with last week's Torah portion and continuing through this week's and those to follow, the story of the Exodus is full of miraculous wonders -- we read, in particular, this week of the first seven of the Ten Plagues -- a dramatic escape and an awe-inspiring finale at the Sea of Reeds. But if the whole point was to...
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SHEMOT, Exodus 1:1-6:1
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
This Shabbat, we begin the book of Exodus -- Shemot or "Names" in Hebrew. Exodus is filled with drama: Moses demands freedom from Pharaoh, the people cross the sea against all odds, celebrating their freedom on the other side. But these events occur later. Shemot begins in a smaller way, as its title suggests, with names. It begins by naming...
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