Parashat Yitro

    “In the third month of the children of Israel's departure from Egypt, on this day they arrived in the desert of Sinai.”

    בַּחֹ֨דֶשׁ֙ הַשְּׁלִישִׁ֔י לְצֵ֥את בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם בַּיּ֣וֹם הַזֶּ֔ה בָּ֖אוּ מִדְבַּ֥ר סִינָֽי

    With these words, we open chapter 19 of the book of Shemot, and...

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    06.02.21 12:20 AM - Comment(s)
    Parashat Beshallach
    In the wonderful documentary “Jiro’s Dreams of Sushi,” a passing remark made by the famous Japanese Chef always stuck with me. Jiro had to leave his family at a very young age to work as an apprentice in a sushi restaurant. Many decades later, he credited his success to these difficult circumstances...
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    29.01.21 11:16 PM - Comment(s)
    Parashat Bo

    "Come to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart.”

    These opening words of Parashat Bo exemplify one of the deepest existential questions posed in the Torah: free will.

    The idea of God trapping Pharaoh by closing his heart has been widely commented upon. Yet, when looking closely at this motif, one...

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    22.01.21 08:30 PM - Comment(s)
    Parashat Vayeshev
    art by @lukas_dream_
    The central narrative in this week’s parasha shifts from Ya’akov, to his favorite son, Yosef. Yosef, seventeen years old, had two dreams, both of which he told his brothers, and both of which made them resent him even more than they had before. Actually, the language is stronger...
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    11.12.20 03:36 PM - Comment(s)
    Parashat Vayishlach

    Hananiah Harari, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, 1936, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.52

    Our forefather Ya’akov, alone and afraid, wrestles all night. Come daybreak, he demands a blessing. The one he wrestled with responds, “Your name will ...

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    04.12.20 05:00 PM - Comment(s)