Monthly Archives: January 2013

Beshallach (Ex. 13:17–17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu Bishvat

It’s about 17°F outside (-8.3°C, which sounds worse) and it’s supposed to snow this afternoon (yes, I know it’s January).  So it’s a perfect time to celebrate the coming of spring – in Israel.  Yes, this Shabbat is Tu Bishvat, … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

This week, the Hebrews finally leave Egypt.  First, three last plagues: locusts, darkness, and the slaying of the first born.  Now Pharaoh is actually bargaining: Only the men can go, but leave the children and livestock; OK, the children can … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35), Shabbat Rosh Hodesh

Erratum:  Last week I referred to the “impressive dog-and-pony (here, snakes and staffs) show” put on by Aaron and Moses when they meet with Pharaoh.  That occurs in this week’s portion, not last week’s. I have corrected last week’s post … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

 A new year, a new book, and a familiar yet still-exciting story to curl up with on these cold, dark winter mornings.  This week’s portion takes us all the way from a reminder of the names of the brothers who … Continue reading

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