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Crisis in Egypt
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Crisis in Egypt
Shemot Parshah Report
The Parshah report gets a new look, jono tries to enslave gefilte fish and Itche's lawyer shows up. Hilarity... whatever, you know what's coming
Is It Proper to Question G-d?
A lesson based on Moses's complaint to G-d that the divine plan to redeem the Israelites from Egypt actually made their lives worse.
Find Your Truest Self by Noticing Another
So many of us search, yearning to find our deepest and truest selves. This can involve traveling to distant lands, seeking out therapists and teachers, spending copious hours and dollars on our quest. Yet, by turning outside ourselves, we may encounter something dramatically different.
The Power of One
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The Power of One
The importance of the individual in Judaism
G-d, What is Your Name?
Parshat Shemot
This is G-d’s message to his oppressed people. And this is G-d’s solace to us in our moments of misery.
Shemot – Let the Girls Live
Pharaoh issued a merciless decree to drown the newborn Jewish boys. What was his scheming plan for the girls?
Torah in Ten: Shemot
Topics include: Moses as the perfect specimen of the human species, the name "Moses" and its symbolic connection to water, why Moses thought the people would not believe him, and the importance of crying out to G-d for redemption.
What It Means to Grow Up
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shemot
A Mother and a Mohel
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A Mother and a Mohel
Practical Parshah - Shemot
The unusual circumstances of Moses’ son’s brit milah (circumcision) and what it teaches us about how that mitzvah may be performed -- and by whom.
The Real Answer to the Jewish Problem
Life Lessons from Parshat Shemot
The Jewish bondage in Egypt contains the all-too-familiar horrific story of anti-Semitism that marks our history. What is the reason behind this hatred and what is the ultimate solution?
Beast of Burden
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Beast of Burden
The History and Destiny of Moses' Donkey
An analysis of Rashi’s commentary regarding the donkey that Moses uses to transport his wife and children down to Egypt (Exodus 4.20). The class concludes with a profoundly spiritual and personal message. (Likutei Sichos vol. 31)
The Power of Positive Thought
Parshah Shemot
"Think good and it will be good" is not just a feel-good slogan. It means that by trusting in G-d, we actually elicit His help from on High. Find out what happened when Moses doubted if he was deserving of G-d's help. (Based on Likutei Sichos volume 36, Sicha 1.)
Moses “Grows Up”
Parshah Power - Shemot
“And it came to pass in those days that Moses grew up and went out to his brothers and looked at their burdens” (Exodus: 2:11). Is this verse simply telling us that Moses matured? And what lesson is in it for us?
Moses, Maimonides and the Alter Rebbe
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Shemot
When G-d shows Moses a sign by having him turn a staff into a snake, G-d asks Moses, (Exodus 4:2) "What is this in your hand?" But the two words, "mah zeh" ("what is this") are spelled in the Torah as one word, "mizeh" ("from this.") How does the term "mizeh" hint to the Alter Rebbe and Maimonides whose yahrzeits are this week?
I Will Be What I Will Be
How to Study Torah - Shemot
When G-d charges Moses with the task of leading the Jews out of Egypt, Moses asks G-d what His name is and G-d responds, "I will be what I will be." How does this cryptic answer help us understand the problem of evil and suffering?
Parsha Gems: Shemot
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Parsha Gems: Shemot
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Shemot
What’s the Big Deal with Names?
Parshah Curiosities: Shemot
The second book of the Torah, which is called the Book of Names, begins with again listing the names of the twelve tribes. Explore the importance and influence of a name, and other intriguing curios on Jewish names. For example, why don’t we find reference to anyone being named Gad and Asher – names from the twelve tribes – throughout the entire Talmudic era?
Birth of a Jewish Saviour
Parshah Curiosities: Shemot
The little-known and largely misunderstood story of Moses’ parentage is presented along with fascinating facts about the birth of our Jewish redeemer. Discover detailed descriptions of his first hours on planet earth; learn where his mother hid him, and why his family sent him down the river.
Doing the Impossible
A Taste of Text—Shemot
When confronted with a situation that seems hopeless, don’t resign yourself to inactivity with the excuse that the little you can do can’t possibly make a difference.
Standing Up for Our Future
Faced with the prospect of their baby boys being killed by the Egyptians, the Jews in Egypt followed the lead of Amram, the father of Moses, in flouting Pharaoh's decrees and continuing to have children. These young boys would become the generation to leave the bondage in Egypt and perceive revealed G-dliness at the splitting of the Red Sea.
Make It Your Business
While the Egyptians enslaved and persecuted the Jews, the Tribe of Levi was given much more freedom than the rest. They were actually allowed to study Torah and engage in holy pursuits. Moses and Aaron who were Levites as well, could have simply ignored the plight of their Jewish brethren and not been any the worse off. But in the end, it was specifically their concern that helped bring the Jews to redemption.
The Source of Salvation
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vaeira
Step up to the Plate
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shemot
Putting Yourself on the Line for Judaism
Do we need to sacrifice to be a Jew? A chassidic story and a lesson from Moses at the burning bush.
The Formula of Growth
Growing Weekly: Parshat Shemot
Redeeming the Firstborn
The Mitzvah of Pidyon HaBen
After thirty complete days, we redeem the firstborn son through giving five silver coins to the Kohen in the boy’s stead. Understanding the mitzvah of Pidyon HeBen on five levels.
Parshah Mnemonics: Shemot
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Shemot contains 124 verses and the mnemonic for are the words ‘vayikach’ and ‘maday’. Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
Understanding Trust in G-d
Analyzing the true meaning of ‘Bitachon’, placing one’s trust in G-d, which goes beyond having faith in G-d. The analysis begins with a closer look at the biblical narratives wherein Moses and Jacob seem to display a lack of complete trust in the Al-mighty. (Based on a talk of the Rebbe in Likkutei Sichos vol.36 p.1)
The Power of Trust
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The Power of Trust
Analyzing the Torah’s narrative of Moses’ fear immediately following the episode of smiting the Egyptian who beat a Hebrew slave. This offers great insight into the true meaning of trust in G-d, and how it differs from faith.
Learning the Haftorah: Shemot
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Why Was Moses Chosen?
A deeper reading into the Torah narrative of Moses at the burning bush sheds light on his special character.
Parsha Shemot, Part 1
Introduction
Ch. 1 verses 1-8: Introduction, portion begins with the names of all the sons of Yaakov. It tells us that there were 70 souls total and that Yosef was in Egypt. That generation died. The next generation was exceedingly fruitful and the land was filled with them. A new king arose who did not know Yosef.
Parsha Shemot, Part 2
The new king of the Egyptians tries to cunningly enslave the Jewish nation
Ch. 1 verses 9-21: The new king of the Egyptians tries to cunningly enslave the Jewish nation. Through hard work he hopes to slow down their numbers. But Hashem has other plans the more they are oppressed the more they multiply. He tries to enlist the help of two Jewish midwives to kill the Jewish male newborns. Thinking that he would be able to kill their savior at birth. They not only do not kill the males they help in their survival. Hashem was pleased with their action and blessed them with houses.
Parsha Shemot, Part 3
Pharaoh commands his people to cast all male babies into the Nile and all females would live
Ch. 1 verse 22, Chp. 2 verses 1-6: Ch. 1 ends with Pharaoh commanding his people to cast all male babies into the Nile and all females would live. Ch. 2 begins with a man and a woman from the tribe of Levi marrying. She gives birth to Moshe whom she hides for three months. She then places him in cradle and puts it into the Nile. The daughter of Pharaoh goes down to the Nile and takes the basket. In it she sees a Jewish infant crying and she has compassion for him and she decides to adopt the child as her own.
Parsha Shemot, Part 4
Pharaoh's daughter raises Moshe
Ch. 2 verses 7-14: Moshe refuses to nurse from an Egyptian woman, so Miriam suggests that she bring a Jewish woman, his mother, and Pharaoh's daughter agrees. She weans him and returns him to her. She raises him and calls him Moshe. When he gets older he goes out among his people and sees an Egyptian beating a Jew he kills the Egyptian and buries him in the sand. The next day he sees two Jewish men fighting and he rebukes them. The aggressor responds "are you going to kill me as you did the Egyptian?" Moshe now feared because he felt that his deed would be reported to Pharaoh.
Parsha Shemot, Part 5
Pharaoh hears that Moshe killed the Egyptian and tries to execute him
Ch. 2 verses 15-22: Pharaoh hears that Moshe killed the Egyptian and tries to execute him. Moshe escapes to Midian where he meets Yisro and his daughters. He marries Tziporrah and has a son whom he names Gershom. The king of Egypt dies and the Jewish people cry out to Hashem because of the severity of their bondage. He hears their groaning and remembers them in the merit of the forefathers.
Parsha Shemot, Part 6
Moshe is out tending to the sheep of his father in law and he sees a bush burning but not consumed
Ch. 3 verses 1-8: Moshe is out tending to the sheep of his father in law and he sees a bush burning but not consumed. He turns to inspect the spectacle. Hashem calls out to him twice from the bush and he answers. He is told to remove his shoes since the place he was at was holy. Hashem introduces Himself as the G-d of his father and the patriarchs. He is told that G-d has seen the affliction of the Jewish nation and He was ready to deliver them from the hands of the Egyptians. He would bring them to the land that flowed with milk and honey,the land of the six/seven nations.
Parsha Shemot, Part 7
Hashem tells Moshe that he is now ready to take the nation out of Egypt
Ch. 3 verses 9-18: Hashem continues to speak to Moshe. He tells him that He is now ready to take the nation out of Egypt. He tells Moshe which of His names to tell them and the special words to say that would prove to them that he was Hashem's messenger. He assures Moshe that they would believe him and that he and the elders would go before Pharaoh. They were to tell him that the G-d of the Hebrews has appeared to us and wants us to go take a three day journey out to the wilderness where will pray and bring sacrifices to Him.
Parsha Shemot, Part 8
Hashem tells Moshe that Pharaoh will not agree to let the people go until he smites him with all his wonders
Ch. 3 verses 19-22 Ch. 4 verses 1-9: Hashem tells Moshe that Pharaoh will not agree to let the people go until he smites him with all his wonders. Also that they would leave Egypt with gold, silver, and clothing that they would borrow from the Egyptians. Ch. 4, Moshe says to G-d that the people would not believe that Hashem had appeared to him. Then G-d gives him three signs, the snake, leprosy, and blood, to present before the people so that they would know that he was the true redeemer and the time for the redemption was now.
Parsha Shemot, Part 9
Hashem tells moshe to go to Pharaoh
Ch. 4 verses 10-24: Hashem finishes speaking to Moshe, he then politely tells G-d that he has never been able to speak due to his speech impediment. G-d reminds him that speech and all other powers come from Him. Moshe still declines and Hashem gets angry and informs him that Aaron his brother is coming and he would be his spokesman. Hashem tells him to take the staff in his hand with which he would perform the signs. G-d warns him that Pharaoh would not listen to his request to let the people go and that the end would be that Hashem would kill the firstborn of Egypt.
Parsha Shemot, Part 10
Moshe askes Pharoah to let the Jews go
Ch. 4 verses 25-31 Ch. 5 verses 1-23 & Ch. 6 verse 1: Tzipporah circumcises her son and saves Moshe's life. Aaron comes to meet Moshe. They go Egypt and Aaron tells the people all that G-d had told Moshe and he shows them the signs and they believe him. Ch. 5, Moshe and Aaron go to Pharaoh and tell him that Hashem had asked that he let the people go out to the desert to serve Him. Pharaoh answers " who is G-d that I should listen to His voice and let Israel go?" Instead he increases the burden on the people by making them collect their own straw to make the bricks.
Rabbi Gordon - Shemot: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemot: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemot: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemot: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemot: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemot: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemot: 7th Portion
Torah Ohr Shemos – Part 1
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Torah Ohr Shemos – Part 2
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Torah Ohr Shemos – Part 3
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Torah Ohr Shemos – Part 4
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Torah Ohr Shemos – Part 5
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Miriam, Mother of Rebellion - Part 1
Lesson 1: Introduction
This first class in the series introduces the historical context in which Miriam lived—the oppressive and bitter conditions of the Jewish people’s slavery in Egypt.
Miriam, Mother of Rebellion - Part 2
Lesson 2: Childhood Courage
How Miriam as a five-year-old girl already displayed immense bravery by defying the wicked Pharaoh’s order to help kill the newborn Israelite males.
Miriam, Mother of Rebellion - Part 3
Lesson 3: Conviction and Belief
We learn how Miriam—whose name means both “bitterness” and “rebellion”—did not respond passively to the bitterness of her people’s plight, but instead rallied the women of her generation to have faith that freedom would soon come.
Miriam, Mother of Rebellion - Part 4
Lesson 4: Miriam’s Song
How Miriam overcame darkness and found the power to be joyful, as well as to bring joy to others.
Miriam, Mother of Rebellion - Part 5
Lesson 5: Miriam’s Eternal Legacy
In this final class of the series, we learn about the powerful symbolism of the “Well of Miriam”—a lifegiving spring of water that followed the Jewish people in the wilderness in the merit of Miriam.
A New Pharaoh
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A New Pharaoh
How is it possible -- as the Torah tells us -- that the new king of Egypt didn't know who Joseph was? Two opinions of the Sages.
Mayanot Moment - Shemot
The Books of Genesis and Exodus as two phases in the development of a person and of the Jewish people. Presenter: Rabbi Shlomo Kaplan
True Giving
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True Giving
Historically, Jews treated their wisdom in a vastly different way from other nations. In Egypt, for example, knowledge and scientific progress were the exclusive domain of an intellectual elite. The masses obeyed them with blind action. By contrast, immediately when the Jewish people became a nation, G-d’s first action was to give the Torah to all the Jews, of all generations, equally.
Prozac for the Soul?
Discover the power of your mind and thoughts to determine your own positive reality. Internalizing the essence of Divine Providence leads to a happier disposition in knowing that Hashem has your back.
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