Monthly Archives: February 2017

Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:8), Shabbat Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16)

Chaos.  Law.  Orders coming down from above, some incomprehensible.  And what will we do with the resident aliens in our midst?  I refer, of course, to this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim (statutes). First:  Shabbat Shekalim is the first of four … Continue reading

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Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)

This week:  The Ten (more or less) Commandments! But first, a lesson in management.  Yitro (Jethro), having heard of the Exodus of the Israelites in Midian, goes out to his son-in-law Moses, bringing along his daughter and her sons, i.e., … Continue reading

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

(Mainly taken from 2014’s comments) 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, … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

This week: A nation continues to be buffeted by a force it cannot understand and experiences a paralyzing darkness of the soul.  I refer to Egypt and the last three plagues. We start with locusts (a kosher food, BTW).  The … Continue reading

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