Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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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By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
VAYEHI, Genesis 47:28-50:26 In this week's Torah reading, we reach the end of the book of Genesis, the book of the Bible that more than any other is filled with absorbing stories that we treasure, from the seven days of creation to Noah's ark, from Abraham and Isaac's encounter with the ram at the top of Mt. Moriah to Jacob...
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VAYIGASH, Genesis 44:18-47:27
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
After weeks of immersion in the story of Joseph and his brothers, we arrive at the penultimate portion in this cycle. We have followed Joseph's rising fortune as his father's favorite, and his descent after being thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers. Rescued, he is elevated to a position of trust by Potiphar, only to be cast down...
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