Monthly archives for December, 2013

Bo (Go)

Bo (Go)

Bo – Exodus 10:1 to 13:16 – The Ten Plagues were designed to demonstrate the power of God to both Egyptians and Israelites…. But why was killing of 1st born needed? Most Egyptians had no part in freeing the Israelites. In fact, many were friendly toward the Israelites. Last week we read about the first seven […]

Va-eira – Torah in Haiku

Va-eira – Torah in Haiku

Four seder wine cups… Connected to this parsha… G-d’s four promises—————– The Passover Haggadah connects the four cups of wine to this week’s portion: Exodus 6:6-7 Say, therefore, to the Israelite people: I am the Eternal. I will FREE YOU from the labors of the Egyptians and DELIVER YOU from bondage. I will REDEEM YOU with an outstretched arm and through […]

Va-eira (And He (God) appeared)

Va-eira (And He (God) appeared)

Va-eira – Exodus 6:2 to 9:11 The opening eight verses of this week’s Torah text answer many questions that Moses asked in last week’s reading… and that many readers may have … What is God’s name? Why does God have many names? Why are the Israelites freed? Why did God wait several hundred years to […]

Here’s how to say “HINEIN...

Here’s how to say “HINEINI” – I am here … I am ready

  If we are ready and willing to act, we can make a difference in the world….  In Torah we see the word Hineini – translated to mean “I am here.” It appears as Biblical characters are asked to make major decisions which will effect the world around them. God calls Abraham to begin his journey to […]

Sh’mot – Torah in Haiku

Sh’mot – Torah in Haiku

G-d: “Moshe, Moshe”…. A voice from the burning bush…. Moses: “Hineini”…. ———————————– In Exodus 4:2 we find the beginning of a beautiful friendship:  G-d called to him out of the midst of the bush, and said, “Moses, Moses”, and he said, “Here I am”     Ed Nickow | The Torah In Haiku  Twitter  Facebook  

Sh’mot (Names)

Sh’mot (Names)

Sh’mot–Exodus 1:1-6:1: As the Book of Exodus begins, the story moves from individuals to nation building under leadership of Moses. But, why was Moses chosen as a leader? He is advanced in age and has no recent contact with the Isrealites or Egyptians. This week we begin a new book of Torah – Sh’mot / […]

Va-y’chi – Torah in Haiku

Va-y’chi – Torah in Haiku

  Jacob and Joseph… Father, son, die in Egypt… “The beginning” ends….————-   This Shabbat we finish reading Genesis (in Hebrew, Bereshit – “In the beginning”) and the story of the origins of the Jewish people comes to an end. Things will quickly get worse for our ancestors in Egypt, but in Exodus (Shemot) we’ll […]

Holidays According to Torah

Holidays According to Torah

The Torah portion Emor (Book of Leviticus) tells of the rituals the Israelites were to follow to be holy. It re-emphasized the importance of the holiness of the priests, the sacrifice and the tabernacle…. Then, with verse 23:1 we are told about HOLY TIMES … the fixed times of the year which should always be […]

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi – Genesis 47:28 to 50:26:  With this text we finish Genesis. Looking back, it seems that the development of the characters can be compared to an individual growing from infancy to adulthood…. From Adam and Eve taking direction and punishment from God to Jacob -actually fighting with God… and Joseph, like a young adult, on […]

Vayigash – Torah in Haiku

Vayigash – Torah in Haiku

    Sometimes he’s Jacob… Other times he’s Israel… Once in a while, both…………….. After he wrestles with an “ish” (a man? an angel? G-d?) Jacob is told “Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel” (Gen 32:29). Nevertheless, both names are used in the text to refer to the son of Isaac. […]

Vayigash (He approached)

Joseph meets his brothers

Vayigash –Genesis 44:18 to 47:27: In this parsha we see two leaders – Joseph and Judah. A look at the following from past weeks will demonstrate how Judah rises above his brothers to the leadership role he shows when confronted by Joseph. “Judah now approached him (Joseph) and said, by your leave, my lord, please […]

Mikeitz – The Torah in Haiku

Mikeitz – The Torah in Haiku

Joseph, the dreamer … Joseph, Pharaoh’s number two … Joseph, brought to tears………. He still has to learn… Tears do not reveal weakness… They help us to heal. —————– First, after he hears his brothers express regret for how they treated him: Genesis 42:23-24 They did not realize that Joseph was listening, since they [had […]

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