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Category: Shemot

One Shoe, Two Shoe

by Rabbi Dan Margulies
Posted on January 13, 2023

In this week’s parsha Shemot, we are introduced to Moshe Rabbeinu, the greatest leader, the greatest prophet ever to serve the Jewish people. The selection of Moshe Rabbeinu and the beginning of his journey as the leader of the Israelite nation becomes a chance to explore questions related to what makes Moshe such a qualified leader and what lessons about leadership we can learn from his behavior.…

Brit Sinai and Brit Zion: Ancient Meanings and Modern Implications (Audio Only)

by Dr. Elana Stein Hain
Posted on September 22, 2022

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Hatan Damim Lamulot: The Enigmatic Encounter of Moses and God at the Inn (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot
Posted on September 22, 2022

Anti-Semitism and Othering

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 23, 2021

The book of Shemot opens with the first phenomenon of anti-Semitism that we find in the Torah. It is not hatred directed at an individual, but to an entire people.  It begins with Pharoah. He says to his fellow Egyptians that the Hebrews are a people to be feared: “Behold, the people are more numerous than us.…

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Who (or What) Defines Us As a People?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 7, 2021

With the opening of the book of Shemot, we transition from Bereshit, the story of the family, to Shemot, the story of the nation. It is a shift in the meaning of “Bnei Yisrael,” from “the children of the man named Yisrael (Yaakov),” to “The Nation of Israel (the Israelites).”…

May a Woman Be a Mohelet?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 4, 2018

May a woman be a mohelet? Although women are not circumcised, they are members of the covenant that the Jewish people, have with God: “You stand this day all of you before the Lord your God.. all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the stranger that is in your camp… that you enter into covenant with the Lord your God…” (Deut.…

In the Merit of the Jewish Overseers The Jewish People Were Redeemed: Exodus 5 (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman
Posted on July 5, 2017

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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).…