Monthly Archives: January 2017

BUGGED OUT SHRATZIM

[The creepy bugs sing songs of praise to their Maker, making their yuck factor go down just by a little bit in my eyes.  They sing:  “Yismach yisroel b’osav bnay tziyon b’malkum”.] Beetles and cockroaches and other creepy bugs you … Continue reading

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Parshas Bo – Last Three Plagues Negotiations with Paroh

At this point in our Exodus narrative, Paroh is warned that the next plague will be locust.  The servants of Paroh beg him to let the Jews go so they don’t have to suffer through another plague.  Moshe and Aron are … Continue reading

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Some Lessons in Chinuch from Parshas Bo

In this week’s Torah reading, Parshas Bo, we begin to learn some of the general rules of Jewish pedagogy, how to teach the next generation. The Parsha begins with Moshe being sent yet again to Paroh to warn him to … Continue reading

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Nifla’os Ha’Boray — Creation and Nature as a Faith Base

Moshe Rabeinu asked for two things about knowing G-d:  “Let me know Your ways,”  and “Show me Your Honor”.  G-d said no to the second request, which was a request to understand the WHYs in the world, why things happen … Continue reading

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Perek Shira -The Snail Sings (and hides)

[continuing on in Perek Shira, we hear the snail sing a verse from Psalms (58:9) that talks about how our exile will melt away…] Because there are many dangers in which a snail could be found The snail goes about lugging his … Continue reading

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Divine Revelation — How Moshe Merited His

[The following are a few verses from Parshas Shemos, where it talks about G-d’s first revelation to Moshe. Chapter 3, first four verses.] Passuk Alef -1:  And Moshe was pasturing (tending) the sheep of Yisro, his father-in-law, kohen of Midian … Continue reading

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Shmos — Growing Up Means Seeing Others’ Needs

Moshe grew up in the house of Paroh and became an adult.  Verse 12:  “and he saw them [the Jews] in their suffering.”  RASHI:  He made himself aware of it.  He could have been oblivious, busy with partying and shopping.  … Continue reading

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