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Following the path

Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18

Wednesday 02/08/2017
Deception for freedom
Posted: February 08, 2017

This week’s parshah, Beshalach, describes one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history, the Exodus from Egypt. Pharaoh acted, not for humane considerations, but because he was coerced by nationwide hysteria after the slaying of the firstborn (“for there was no house in which there was no death”).

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
From darkness to redemption
Posted: February 01, 2017

What causes darkness to instill psychological angst into the hearts of children and adults alike?

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Wednesday 01/25/2017
Two plague perspectives
Posted: January 25, 2017

Va’eira, Exodus 6:2-9:35

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Wednesday 01/18/2017
Projecting goodness
Posted: January 18, 2017

Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1

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Thursday 01/12/2017
Calculate consequences
Posted: January 12, 2017

Parshat Vayechi concludes the Book of Genesis and marks the end of the era of the Patriarchs. Jacob’s final tasks were to “bless” his children and to ensure that he would be buried in the family tomb in Hebron.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
Yom Kippur in January
Posted: January 04, 2017

Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Optimal living, optimal Judaism
Posted: December 28, 2016

The mitzvah of lighting the Hanukkah menorah – one of the most universally observed mitzvot - features an unusual aspect that, when compared to other mitzvot, invites explanation. The Talmud (Shabbat 21b) records a hierarchical list of different ways of fulfilling this mitzvah that represent varied levels of preference and desirability. 

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
The danger of inaction
Posted: December 21, 2016

Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23

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Wednesday 12/14/2016
Wrestling: The devil didn’t make me do it
Posted: December 14, 2016

Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4-36:43

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