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Jewish Melting Pot ……

Jewish Melting Pot ……

Examining Jewish Issues … Sorting out interpretations … Building an online Jewish community with your input………

B’shalach (When he -Pharaoh- le...

B’shalach (When he -Pharaoh- let the people go)

B’shalach – Exodus 13:17 to 17:16 God causes the plagues, divides the waters, defeats the Egyptian army, provides water when the Israelites are thirsty, sends manna when they are hungry…. Yet, whenever they want, why do the Israelites still show little faith in God and ask to return to the slavery of Egypt? “Now when […]

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 […]

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  

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 […]

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 […]

Mikeitz (At the end)

Joseph dreams

Mikeitz Genesis 41:1 to 44:17: Joseph successfully interprets dreams several times. He attributes his success to God. But is it the work of God or his skills of successful listening … then acting upon what he heard. ————— “At the end of two years time, Pharaoh had a dream: there he was, standing by the Nile, […]

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