Monthly archives for January, 2016

Yitro (Jethro)

Exodus 18:1 to 20:23 This week’s parsha marks a major change in the content of Torah. We move from stories of our ancestors to text that emphasizes the laws that the Israelites are to follow for all time. In many ways this parsha serves as an introduction or preamble to all the laws that follow […]

B’shalach-Torah In Haiku

B'shalach

  MOSES FULFILLS VOW … MADE BY B’NEI YISRAEL … JOSEPH LEAVES EGYPT —   A few weeks ago, in the closing verses of the Book of Genesis, we read about the promise made by B’nei Yisrael (the sons of Israel/Jacob) to their brother Joseph: Genesis 50:24-26 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about […]

B’shalach (When he let go)

B'shalach

Exodus 13:17 to 17:16 Often after reading information, one has more questions than answers. This is the case with this week’s text. Why do the Israelites complain so much? If Miriam is so important, why is there so little information about her? The Israelites finally escape from Egypt; they celebrate with the famous Song at […]

Bo – Torah In Haiku

  A SIGN ON YOUR HAND … A SYMBOL BETWEEN YOUR EYES … TEFILLIN MITZVAH — As this week’s portion ends, we find two similar passages: Exodus 13:9 And this shall serve you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead —in order that the Teaching of God may be […]

Bo (Go)

Four Questions

Exodus 10:1 to 13:16 The power of the Eternal is demonstrated through the Ten Plagues and the exodus from Egypt which we read this week. This bit of Jewish history is an important lesson for every generation. The text also tells us how to insure this message is carried forward through the ages.  Last week […]

Va-eira – Torah In Haiku

Va-eira

  MOSES SAYS TO GOD: … THE PEOPLE WOULD NOT LISTEN … S0 WHY SHOULD PHARAOH? —   Exodus 6:10-12 Adonai spoke to Moses, saying, “Go and tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites depart from his land.” But Moses appealed to God, saying, “The Israelites would not listen to me; how then […]

Va-eira (And I –God- Appeared)

Va'eira

Exodus 6:2 – 9:35 In this week’s text we see the start of Israel’s journey from slavery to freedom. God tells Moses of this planned journey that will change the Israelite nation forever. These same words can also show us how to change the course of our lives. This week marks the start of another […]

Sh’mot – Torah In Haiku

Sh'mot

  THE INFANT MOSES … PLACED IN A BASKET BY MOM … SENT DOWN THE RIVER — MIRIAM WATCHES … GETS YOCHEVED SOME “MOM TIME” … WITH HER QUICK THINKING –—   Exodus 2:2-3 “The woman (Yocheved) conceived, and bore a son [and] … hid him for three months. When she could no longer hide […]

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