Posts tagged Pharaoh

Va-eira – Torah In Haiku


  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 […]

Sh’mot – Torah In Haiku


  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 […]

Sh’mot (Names)

civil disobedience

Exodus 1:1 to 6:1 As we begin Exodus, we read about two midwives who defy the Law of Pharaoh who ordered them to kill all Hebrew baby boys. In the first recorded case of civil disobedience, these women choose to follow the moral law (the law of God) over the law of the land. This […]

Mikeitz (At the end)


Genesis 41:1 to 44:17 Within the first two parshot of the Joseph saga, Joseph confronts three sets of dreams which illustrate both the concept and the different stages of prophetic dreams. Throughout history mankind has questioned the meaning, purpose, and possible application of dreams…. Are they a statement about the person having the dream? …. […]

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 […]

Mikeitz – Torah In Haiku

​ ​After two long years … Pharaoh’s cupbearer speaks up … Tells about Joseph — “When we were in jail … A Hebrew youth was with us … Interpreted dreams” — When he interpreted the cupbearer’s dream in last week’s portion, Joseph said, “think of me when all is well with you again, and do […]

Mikeitz (At the end)

Genesis 41:1 to 44:17 Dreams are a major part of the Joseph saga. Torah tells us that God is the source of the dreams. As Joseph’s story unfolds we see how he uses these dreams to improve his life and the lives of those around him. This is the second parsha in the four parsha […]

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 […]

Bo – The Torah In Haiku

Bo – The Torah In Haiku

The final three plagues …. G-d’s power is shown – to whom? …. Egypt or the Jews? —————- The opening verses of the parsha suggest that not only did G-d intend the plagues to be a sign to the Egyptians so that Pharaoh would “let my people go.” These miraculous signs would also be recalled […]

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 […]

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 / […]

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