Exodus

Taking Initiative – VaYakhel 5782

Moses calls together the entire Israelite nation and reports on the instructions he received from God regarding the construction of the Tabernacle (Exodus 35:2­–19). Following the warning against engaging in any constructive work on Shabbat, Moses reminds the people...

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Always Rely on God – Tetzaveh 5782

In the recent book The Grammar of God, author Aviyah Kushner demonstrates how the remarkable attentiveness the rabbis gave to the words of the text and their usage yielded nuggets of wisdom that untrained readers could never mine. While what follows does not appear in...

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Reciprocal Kindness – Vaera 5782

As Pharaoh continues to resist Moses’ demand to let the people Israel go free, God introduces additional and more intensive demonstrations of power. The Nile River, the single most important natural resource of the kingdom, is now targeted for attention. The lifeblood...

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What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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