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It's OK Not to Have Aspirations
Don’t feel any less worthy because you’re not the next big thing, because in reality you are—by dint of the practical things you do every day.
Moses and the Burning Bush
G‑d met Moses in a burning bush, and requested that he become His messenger to take the Israelites out of Egypt.
Who Were Shifra and Puah, the 'Hebrew Midwives'?
Who were these heroines who were willing to risk their lives only to never be mentioned in the Torah again?
Solutions With a Soul
Parshat Shemot
Every human being has incalculable worth; differences in ability are superimposed upon our innate humanity.
What Are You Needed For?
Often, the best response to adversity is to break out of our comfort zones and extend a helping hand to another person with love and gratitude for all the good that we have.
Freud's Great Freudian Slip
It appears in his last book, Moses and Monotheism, a strange work if ever there was one. It was published in 1939, by which time Freud had taken refuge in Britain . . .
In exile something's got to break, so break your head. It's the body's job to wait in line, not the soul's
Are We Melting?
Listening to and reading all the predictions and prognostications of Global Warming can be downright depressing. Will we be saying goodbye to our world sometime soon?
Seeing the Jews living away from the limelight of the Nile and missing out on all the fun, Pharaoh decides to include them in the bounty of Egypt. When his plan doesn't work, he is enraged...
Pioneers of Faith
Childbirth, perhaps more than any other life event, is an experience that demands a strong dose of faith and surrender. No matter how well planned or organized we may be, the inevitable moment will arise...
Being Aware of the Pair That We Wear
Interestingly, according to Jewish law and tradition, it is preferable that a person walk around with some separation between the foot and the ground. It was not so, however, when one was present in the Holy Temple in ancient Jerusalem . . .
The Folly of Faith
King Solomon, author of Proverbs, speaks of the gullible fool. Then our venerable Sages, in their homiletic compilation known as the Midrash, interpret that verse to refer to…MOSES?
A Nation of Names, Not Numbers
Why name an entire book after the seemingly coincidental use of a word in its opening line? But here lies an important lesson about the Jewish approach to the individual member of the community . . .
Parshah Art: The Hebrew Midwives in Egypt
Now the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives... "When you deliver the Hebrew women, and you see on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall put him to death..."
Women Between the Walls
Of all the portions in the Torah, Shemot most clearly illustrates the strength of the Jewish woman.
Jochebed: Planting the Seeds of Leadership
Parshat Shemot
As a mother of young children, it is easy for me to lose perspective amidst the peaks and valleys of parenting. It will be years before I will see the fruits of my labor . . .
Stand and Be Counted
When the Jewish people are counted, the greatest and most distinguished is counted exactly the same as the most lowly and simple.
Moses or Pharaoh: Which Mindset Are You?
While we’re usually in touch with our suffering, seeing it in others is not so common.
Dear Fellow Survivor, You Are Holy
His flames fully engulfed you. He consumed you. Yet here you are. Still around. Still alive. You’re functioning.
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The Raised Hand
Pearls of Rashi on the Torah Portion of Shemot
Got Faith, Like Really?
Faith means absolute trust in G-d. But there is something still greater than faith. (“Parsha Perks” with Dr Michael Chighel | Shemot)
The Cyclical Exodus
An Essay on Parshat Shemot
The exile and the redemption in Exodus were not a one-time event, but merely the paradigm for an event that recurs again and again throughout our history—exile followed by redemption followed by exile again—and thus the metamorphosis of the Jewish people continues.