Monthly Archives: January 2015

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

This is not a great time of year to be in a choral group.  In addition to omnipresent respiratory infections, a group’s carefully planned rehearsal schedule can be instantly derailed by the weather.  Yet I’m usually in two groups at … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Addendum to last week’s citation suggesting each of the ten plagues could be matched up with an Egyptian god:  A reader consulted a young Egyptology expert, who agreed the analogies were forced and, further, were full of descriptive errors.  (Thanks, … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

This week, the Exodus story kicks into high gear.  The beginning of the portion, Va’era, reads like a fleshed-out introduction, as if to say, “OK, that was just a taste. Now you’ll all get more on the background, the plan, … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

I have not seen “Prince of Egypt,” nor do I plan to see the current Ridley Scott film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”  I did see Cecil B. de Mille’s “The Ten Commandments” on TV.  Thus, I am still waiting for … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Earlier this week, I saw the movie version Stephen Sondheim’s musical collection of fractured fairy tales, “Into the Woods.”  I hadn’t seen the stage version, but I’d read enough about it to know that, once everything seems as if we’re … Continue reading

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