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EXPLORING THE GARDEN

Parashat T'rumah 2 Adar 5778 / 16-17 February 2018 Torah: Exodus 25:1 - 27:19 Haftarah: 1 Kings 5:26 - 6:13
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"And you will make curtains of goats’ hair to be a covering of the sanctuary; you shall make eleven curtains.” Exodus 26:7
Rabbi Yitzchak Nissenboim offers the following comment: “All the beauty of the sanctuary was inside – gold-covered beams, blue and scarlet curtains, gold vessels with precious stones, etc. But outside was a covering of simple goats’ hair. This is to teach us that one’s principal beauty should remain inside, with no conspicuous display of one’s wealth, so that jealousy and hatred will not be aroused.”
It is curious that h…

WHO COMES FIRST?

25 Shevat 5778 / 9-10 February 2018 Parashat Mishpatim Torah: Exodus 21:1 - 24:18 Maftir: Exodus 30:11-16 (Shabbat Shekalim)
Haftarah: Ashkenazim - 2 Kings 12:1-17; Sephardim - 2 Kings 11:17 - 12:17
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“Now these are the laws which you shall set before them.” Exodus 21:1
“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 22:20
The rules set forth in this parashah are primarily two types: civil and criminal legislation, and humanitarian matters. This follows last week’s receiving of Aseret Hadib’rot (the ten utterances, aka “Ten Commandments”). The Torah here continues to deal with matters arising between humans, …

YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS – THAT MEANS YOU!

Parashat Yitro
Torah: Exodus 18:1 - 20:23
Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1 - 7:6; 9:5-6; (Ashkenazim); Isaiah 6:1-13 (Sephardim) 18 Shevat 5778 / 2-3 February 2018
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"You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth. You shall not bow down to them, and you shall not worship them, for I am the Lord your God...." Exodus 20:3-5.

"Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not h…

THE PROOF IS IN THE BREAD

Parashat Beshallach (Shabbat Shirah) 11 Shevat 5778 / 26-27 January 2018 Torah: Exodus 13:17 – 17:16 Haftarah: Judges 4:4 – 5:31 (Ashkenazim); Judges 5:1 – 5:31 (Sephardim)
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THE PROOF IS IN THE BREAD
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Here I will rain on you bread from heaven; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day that I may prove them, whether they will walk in My law or not." Exodus 16:4.

The classic commentators disagree over the nature of the proving that is done here. How exactly are the Israelites being tested? Rashi (R. Shlomo Yitzchaki, d. 1040) says God wishes to know whether they will keep the specific commandments to not keep the mann…

NU – WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?

Parashat Bo 4 Shevat 5778 / 19-20 January 2018 Torah Reading: Exodus 10:1 - 13:16 Haftarah Reading: Jeremiah 46:13-28
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‘And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, “What does this service mean to you.”’ Exodus 12:26

Mekhilta d’Rabbi Ishmael: Evil tidings were announced to Israel at that time, that the Torah would ultimately be forgotten.

Hishukei Kesef: According to our Sages (i.e., in Hagaddah Shel Pesach), these words refer to the evil son. The proof is that regarding the simple son, it states, ‘When your son asks you on the morrow, “What is this?”’, and regarding the wise son it states, ‘When your son asks on the morrow saying, “W…

MANY ARE CALLED – FEW CHOOSE TO BE CHOSEN

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Parashat Sh’mot 19 Tevet 5778 / 5-6 January 2018 Torah - Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
Haftarah - Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13; 29:22-23 (Ashkenazim); Jeremiah 1:1 - 2:3 (Sefardim)
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"And the Lord's messenger appeared to (Moses) in a fiery flame from within the bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, 'I will turn aside now, and I will see this great sight; why is the bush not burnt?' And the Lord saw that he turned aside to see; and God called to him from within the bush and said, 'Moses, Moses', and he said, 'Here I am.'" Exodus 3:2-4

Why did God choose Moses to…