Monthly Archives: January 2014

Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19), Rosh Chodesh Adar I

At the end of last week’s Torah portion, Moses had gone up on Mount Sinai to get the two stone tablets, i.e., the hard copy (sorry) from the Lord.  We all know what he’ll find when he comes back down. … Continue reading

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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8)

Chaos and legal systems are intimately linked, and not (just) because the latter are designed to eliminate the former. This week, after three humdinger, action-filled portions, our Torah reading is about the foundations of the society the Israelites are in … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

Wow – three weeks in a row of blockbuster Torah portions!  First the Exodus, then the splitting of the sea, and now Revelation, aka the giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai! But first, we say hello and good-bye to … Continue reading

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

This week, the Israelites complete their escape from Egypt.  However, they cannot escape from each other. All seems well at first.  Moses has retrieved Joseph’s bones to take to Canaan.  They start on their journey, following a pillar of cloud … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Free at last, free at last!  Well, sort of. A new civil year has just started.  For an interesting history of why 2014 is 2014 and why New Year’s Eve is a time for New Year’s Eve wildness, see http://www.the-american-interest.com/garfinkle/2013/12/31/a-jews-guide-to-new-years-eve/Continue reading

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