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Category: Shemot

Understanding the Enigmatic “Hatan Damim” Episode of Ch. 4

by Rivka Kahan Posted on December 7, 2016

The Revelation at the Sneh (Hebrew)

by Dr. Ruth Walfish Posted on November 29, 2016

“And God Met Him on the Way To Kill Him” —Moses at the Inn, Ch 4 (Hebrew)

by Dr. Hezi Cohen Posted on November 1, 2016

Fire on Fire: What the Burning Bush Reveals to Us About Sinai

by Rabbi David Fohrman Posted on October 27, 2016

In a Place Where There is No Humanity, Stand Tall and Assert Yours

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 21, 2016

After being raised in the Egyptian palace, Moshe (Moses) goes into the field and sees an Egyptian smiting a Jew. In the words of the Torah, “He looked this way and that way, and when he saw there was no man (ish) he smote the Egyptian” (Exodus 2:12). Taken literally, it seems that Moshe looked Continue Reading »

Birthing a Nation

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 31, 2015

In an extended passage from the book of Yechezkel, the birth of the people of Israel is described through the vivid imagery of actual childbirth: And as for your birth, in the day you were born your navel was not cut, neither were you washed in water to make you supple … No eye pitied Continue Reading »

Moshe and His Brothers

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 8, 2015

The beginning of the book of Shemot serves as a mirror image to the end of the book of Breishit. Breishit ends with Yosef’s promise to his brothers: “Behold, I will die; and God will surely remember – pakod yifkod – you, and bring you out of this land” (Breishit, 50:24). So it is when Continue Reading »

A Bridegroom of Blood

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 20, 2013

At the crucial juncture between Moshe accepting the divine mission and his returning to the people and becoming their leader, a curious and perplexing event occurs. Moshe begins to head back to Egypt, and then, abruptly we read: “And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to Continue Reading »

A Thought on the Parsha

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 3, 2013

“And you, go, and I will send you to Pharaoh, and you will take out my nation, the Children of Israel, from Egypt.” (Shemot 3:10). Moshe encounters God at the burning bush and he is commanded by God to be the person, the leader, who will take the people out of Egypt. Why Moshe? This Continue Reading »

I’ve Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 13, 2012

The beginning of the book of Shemot sees the Children of Israel enslaved, oppressed, and at the risk of decimation.  The foundation for their salvation is laid in the birth of Moshe, his being saved by Pharaoh’s daughter, and his venturing out to see the affliction of his brothers.   The pivotal moment, however, is when Continue Reading »

Defined by Ourselves or Defined by Others?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 30, 2010

If the book of Breishit is about family, then the book of Shemot is about nationhood. While it opens with re-enumerating the children of Yaakov, the narrative immediately turns to the birth and the history of the Israelite nation. The very phrase bnei Yisrael undergoes a metamorphosis in the first verses. In the opening verse Continue Reading »

Leading the Jewish People with a Commitment to Justice

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 8, 2010

“And it was during those days that Moshe grew up and he went out to his brothers, and he saw in their travails.” Thus begins Moshe’s emergence from the house of Pharaoh and his setting himself on the path that would lead to becoming the leader of the Jewish People, our Lawgiver and Teacher. How Continue Reading »