Monthly Archives: December 2010

Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

Reassured by the Lord, Moses and Aaron return to Pharaoh with an impressive display, as Aaron’s rod-which-becomes-a-serpent swallows the Egyptian magicians’ rods-which-become-serpents.  However, Pharaoh still refuses to let the Hebrews have their three-day spiritual retreat in the wilderness, so it’s … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

  In this week’s portion, we ramp up pretty quickly to “Let my people go!” (5:1) via a set of neatly organized chapters:  Chapter 1.  The scene is set.  The Hebrews multiply and are enslaved. Pharaoh wants to kill the … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

My mind is just starting to wake up, now that I’ve finishing drafting and proofing patent applications for the year, but not yet enough to write brand new comments yet, at least not comments free of things like “wherein,” “thereby,” … Continue reading

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Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)

This happens to me at least one time every December: I am just too mentally bushed to be able to write something new about the Torah portion. C’est la vie. So, I’m essentially rerunning the comments I wrote 3 years … Continue reading

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Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17); Chanukah (Numbers 7:24 – 29 for the 3rd day, Zech 2:14 – 4:7)

This week, we read Part 2 of the Joseph story, in which Joseph shows how to succeed.  Pharaoh has two parallel, disturbing dreams about fat cows being devoured by emaciated ones and healthy ears of grain swallowed up by withered … Continue reading

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