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Beshalach 5762

by Jennifer Krueger I have always loved Parshat Beshalach. The Jews cross the Red Sea, Az Yashir is sung, Miriam and the woman dance with their timbrels and we are given manna from Hashem. When I sit at shul on Shabbat morning listening...

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Beshalach 5764

by Shoshi Rosenbaum Don't you hate sitting in class during those last agonizing minutes of the school day and staring at the clock, waiting for the end of school to come around so you can get up and be free? Now, I realize ...

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Beshalach 5769

by David Helfand February 7, 2009 / 13 Shevat 5769 This weeks Parasha is a favorite of mine and a classic among all of the Parshiyot in the Torah. Parashat Beshalach features the famous song, Az Yashir. The Parasha opens with Bnai Yisrael journeying into the desert...

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Bo 5756

by Cody Dydek These days, a very big deal is made out of Jewish identity: what it means to be Jewish and how we, as Jews, should appear to those around us. What, basically, are the traits which make a strong Jewish identity?...

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Bo 5762

by Tamar Green Parashat Bo takes its name from the first words of God’s command to Moshe. “Go (Bo) to Pharaoh.” Moshe and Aaron continue to plead with Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free. Pharaoh refuses and the Egyptians are punished with the 8th, 9th...

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Bo 5764

by Jeremy Moses I am told too often that D’var Torahs are boring and irrelevant. People would much rather know who won the Expos game or know what movie is #1 at the Box Office than learn about this week’s Parsha. ...

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Bo 5769

by Becky Schisler January 31, 2009/6 Shevat 5769 Parashat Bo begins with God instructing Moses to "come" to Pharaoh and warn him of the impending eighth plague, Locusts. Pharaoh, however, remains defiant in his refusal to free the slaves, and a plague of locusts...

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Bo 5770

by Charlene Thrope January 22, 2010 / 7 Shevat 5770 Just as the Israelites leave Egypt, a series of laws about Pesach interrupts the story. The intricacies of Pesach, like what counts as chametz and the text of the Hagaddah, come much later, but the laws in...

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Vaera 5764

by Dani Saks Most Jews probably know the story of Moses asking Pharoah to free the Jews. He says no, plagues follow and eventually after the tenth plague the Jews are let free. One of the most powerful displays of God's power in...

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Vaera 5769

by Ron Shapiro January 24, 2009/28 Tevet 5769 After Moses finally accepts God's request to lead the Jewish people during the famous "Burning Bush" scene last week, Parshat Va-era begins with God commanding Moses to speak to the Jewish people and tell them that God will...

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