January 24, 2017

The opening lines of our parsha feature an impassioned divine promise of freedom, an end to the harsh slavery, and the heady vista of national redemption. But when Moses and Aharon deliver the message, the Israelites are deaf to these ideas; they are too broken by slav...

January 19, 2017

"Living is easy with eyes closed; misunderstanding all you see" (The Beatles)

At the start of Shemot we meet Moshe who will become perhaps the greatest Jewish leader of all time. Reading the verses that depict his earliest experiences, we look for the ingredients that s...

January 11, 2017


The belief in the Redemption is a central axiom of Jewish Faith. If we listen closely to our parsha we might discover its origins.

As Joseph neared death at age 110, he asks his family take an oath:

“I am about to die. God will surely remember you and bring you up from...

January 4, 2017


Do you get emotional? Do you ever cry? What situations make you cry?

Our discussion this week will probe the emotional finale of the Joseph story, after all the hatred, the intrigue, manipulation, Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers, and Joseph and his beloved...

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