Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
By:
Rabbi Fred V. Davidow
The Israelites were "caught between the devil and the deep blue sea" when they reached the Sea of Reeds. Pressing from the rear was Pharaoh's army. Lying before them was an impassable barrier of water. The Israelites complained bitterly to Moses that he had not done them any favor by liberating them from slavery. They assailed him with a sarcastic...
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BO, Exodus 10:1-13:16
By:
Joshua Runyan
This week's Torah portion is its 15th out of 53, and describes the final three plagues to befall the Egyptians before Pharaoh lets the fledgling Israelites free. It begins and ends smack dab in the middle of the Passover narrative, leaving off the splitting of the Sea of Reeds for next week. But for all intents and purposes, the Torah...
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VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
"We see things not as they are but as we are." Taken from Milton's poem Paradise Lost, this haunting aphorism offers us a penetrating look into human nature. None of us sees the world through untinted lenses. Even when we think we're being objective, our backgrounds, values and interests condition how we understand life. Few tales demonstrate this better than...
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VAYECHI, Genesis 47:28-50:26
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
A week after the holiday of Chanukah and its eight glorious nights of ever-increasing light, it's fair to say that when we approach this week's Torah portion, we're still on a spiritual high. And with the darkness of winter fast approaching, this portion's title, Vayechi -- which literally means "and he lived" -- signals the promise of life and fulfillment...
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VAYIGASH, Genesis 44:18-47:27
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Our experience tells us that talking things out leads to greater clarity and calm in difficult situations. This is the foundation of talk therapy; verbalizing what we are feeling or what happened to us to a listening ear brings us new insights. The impulse to tell our stories is everywhere -- in the memoirs on the bestseller lists and the...
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