Monthly archives for January, 2015

B’shalach (When he let go)

Exodus from Egypt

Exodus 13:17 to 17:16 This week we read that the Israelites obtain the FREEDOM they have been seeking from Pharaoh. They celebrate in song – The Song of the Sea… This concept of FREEDOM, the story of Exodus, and song are also prominent in today’s Civil Rights Movement. “Now when Pharaoh let the people go, […]

Bo – Torah In Haiku

    Four Seder Children … We read about three of them … In Torah this week — Parshat Bo includes a description of the Passover observance. Three times reference is made to answering questions children may ask about it. These verses are considered the source for three of the four children in the Haggadah. […]

Bo (Go to)

Exodus 10:1 to 13:16  When the Israelites left Egypt, Torah tells us that they “borrowed” gold, silver, and other valuables from the Egyptians who freely gave. Why were these valuables offered so freely to the departing Israelite slaves? In last week’s text we learned of the first six plagues which God placed upon the Egyptians. […]

Va-eira – Torah In Haiku

​ We say “Adonai” … For the unpronounceable … Tetragrammaton — In last week’s reading, when Moses asked, God gave the name “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh“, the meaning of which is unclear. As Va-eira begins we find (not for the first time) another name for God, this one said to be unpronounceable. It’s spelled “Yud-Hey-Vav-Hey” and […]

Va-eira (I [God] Appeared)

Exodus 6:2 to 9:35 God heard the moaning of the Israelite people and sent Moses to free them. But, why didn’t the Eternal act through an actual appearance on earth or through a representative angel? Why did he act through a reluctant man… Moses?“ God spoke to Moses and said to him, ‘I am the […]

Shemot – Torah In Haiku

  Moses: What’s your name? … God: Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh … [Translation Goes Here] — Exodus 3:13-14 Moses said to God, “When I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” […]

Sh’mot (Names)


Exodus 1:1 to 6:1 In this, the first chapters of Exodus, we encounter many names from a time when the Israelites entered Egypt to the time of their enslavement. We also learn of special places like Horeb, the site of the Burning Bush… a site God calls a “holy place.” “These are the names of […]

Va-y’chi – Torah In Haiku

  ​ ​ Each week on Shabbat Parents repeat Jacob’s words While blessing their sons Genesis 48:20 So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you shall Israel invoke blessings, saying: God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.” There is, of course, also a traditional blessing for daughters, which includes the names of our matriarchs […]

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