Monthly Archives: January 2011

Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8)

I have been home sick for the past few days, so I am using comments from last year and jokes from various years.  Some of the joke links may be dead. Where do laws come from? My work group was … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

This week: Revelation!  Theophany!  And not just in the Torah reading.  There’s another theophany in the Haftarah, Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 (minus the last 8 verses for Sephardim).  BTW, as used herein, the term “Revelation” refers to the revelation of the Law … Continue reading

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Beshallach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu B’Shvat

Pharaoh has now realized that he’s allowed a huge and hugely profitable work force to leave Egypt and sends an army after them so that the former slaves are trapped between the army and the Red (actually, Reed) Sea. The … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

This week, in order: the plague of locusts; the plague of darkness; the laws of Passover, teaching that Passover will continue to be observed “for all time” (12:17); the slaying of the firstborn; the exodus from Egypt; and laws concerning: … Continue reading

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