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First Two Days of Pesach

I realize you are more likely to be recovering from the sedarim, either from preparation or overindulging, this Saturday and Sunday morning.  Are you really interested in a discourse on the Torah readings for tomorrow and Sunday?  Me neither.  But … 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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First Two Days of Pesach

Are you really interested in a discourse on the Torah readings for tomorrow and Sunday?  Me neither.  But here’s my handy-dandy crib sheet with links in case you actually want to look these up but will too sleepy (or hung … 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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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

This week’s dramatic portion starts with a recap (“Previously, in the Book of Exodus…”).  The Lord has appeared to Moses and Aaron with a message for the Children of Israel, who don’t believe the men because they (the C. of … Continue reading

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