Category Archives: Exodus/Sh’mot

A Brief Note on Original Sin – Parsha Ki Tisa

In the third month of their freedom, the Children of Israel stood at the foot of Mount Sinai. There, they were to hear the Word of God, when He uttered the Ten Commandments. The Torah reports that when the people saw … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Clothes that Make the Man – Parsha Tezaveh

Parsha Tezaveh introduces the priesthood. The priests of Israel – the Kohanim – were a dedicated hereditary cadre of men to serve both God and man in the Mishkan. Only they were allowed to offer the various sacrifices to God. The Torah declared that one man … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on the Pot and the Kettle

The text of Parsha Mishpatim, the Book of the Covenant, records a series of laws, which on first glance, appear as a disjointed compilation of decrees that cover a myriad of unrelated subjects. Some describe the actions of one man killing another … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Parsha Yitro

Parsha Yitro speaks to four of Judaism’s main pillars: the belief in one God, the primacy of God’s the Law [a term which encompasses morality and ethics], the Sabbath and, the worship of God. The focus of the Parsha is naturally … Continue reading

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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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