Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Brief Note on Two Sides of One Coin – Parsha BeShalach

Parsha BeShalach completes the narrative cycle that began with God’s prophecy to Abraham of the Egyptian Exile, the longest and most complex story arc in the Torah. As recorded in Parsha Lech Lecha: “Know with certainty that your offspring shall be sojourners … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on the Exodus – Parsha Bo

The study of the Torah usually involves developing an understanding of the text and how the various incidents and laws have been interpreted by generations of Torah scholars, usually beginning with the commentaries of Rashi, Rambam, Ramban and Ibn Ezra. … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on First Impressions – Parsha Va’era

Parsha Va’era records the beginnings of God’s move into man’s historical consciousness. God, whilst creator of the universe and all that resided within, had until this point kept a low profile; he had  only communicated with Adam and Eve and with their … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on an Enigma Answered – Parsha Shemot

Parsha Shemot bridges the lives of the Patriarchs and those of their descendents, the Children of Israel. More importantly, it describes the fulfilment of God’s ominous promise to Abraham: “Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Dramatic Foreshadowing – Parsha Vayechi

Parsha Vayechi concludes the saga of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The journey which had begun in what is now northern Iraq came to a conclusion near the Nile Delta. The focus of the Parsha is on the last days of Jacob, … Continue reading

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