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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”).
What causes darkness to instill psychological angst into the hearts of children and adults alike?
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.
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.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.