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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Locusts. Palpable darkness. The first seder.  The slaying of the firstborn. Exodus. Laws. (That’s this week’s Torah portion. If you want, you can now skip to the jokes.) Of the last three plagues, the plague of locusts, which devour everything … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Locusts, darkness, the slaying of the firstborn, the first Passover, THE Exodus, and then – tefillin? It is difficult for us city dwellers to appreciate the havoc a plague of locusts (yes, “plague” is the term for a group of … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

Seven plagues down, three to go.  Then it’s time to leave Egypt. For the next three weeks, we’ll be reading heavy-duty, seminal sections of the Torah: The Exodus, the splitting of the sea, and the giving of the Ten Commandments.  … 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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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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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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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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