Tag Archives: Pharaoh

Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

I have been spending this week getting ready for AKSE Academy, an annual program sponsored by my synagogue (open to all, $12, don’t have to pre-register).  This year, I am both chairing it and giving a talk on Jewish thought … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

This week, we more or less start over.   Va’era  makes last week’s story of the first encounters of Moses and Aaron with the Hebrews and Pharaoh seem like a TV pilot.  The basic elements were there, but, as drama, it … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

I’ve been feeling somewhat out of sorts – sad and restless.  Maybe it’s the incessantly grey skies and wet chill.  I worry what will happen to the plants that have started to bud and bloom, believing it to be March.  … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17), 6th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:42-47), Rosh Hodesh Tevet (Num. 28:9-15)

Three Torah scrolls this Shabbat: One for the regular weekly reading, Miketz; one for the 6th day of Chanukah; and one for Shabbat Rosh Hodesh, the beginning of the month of Tevet.  Other additions:  Hallel (Ps. 113-118), a special prayer … Continue reading

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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23)

After all that has happened to him, Jacob expects the rest of his life to be smooth sailing, now that he and his family are settled in Canaan.  His favorite son, Joseph, now 17, is very bright, handsome (probably looks … Continue reading

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Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

In grad school, I remember once, while I was walking somewhere but my mind was elsewhere, a person came up to me and kindly asked if I knew where I was going.  This has happened to me several times when … 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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