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An Essay on Parshat Va'eira
It can be a great accomplishment for a person to admit, “I have sinned this time.” But there is a higher level, where a person’s soul searching moves him to such a degree that he declares, “G-d is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.”
I don’t recall ever seeing anything about pajamas in the Haggadah. Am I missing anything?
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"Pharaoh said: I will let you go. Sacrifice to G-d your G-d in the wilderness, but don't go too far. Pray for me." A chassid remarked: The animal soul of man, which embodies his selfish and material desires, knows that it is futile to try to dissuade a Je...
They went out with a high hand: with "mirth and songs and with tambourine and harp."
They went out with a high hand: with "mirth and songs and with tambourine and harp."
Both Pharaoh and Ahasuerus were not worthy of ruling, but rose to the throne by riches.
Both Pharaoh and Ahasuerus were not worthy of ruling, but rose to the throne by riches.
Just liberated from slavery, and the most powerful army in the known world are bearing down on you.
Just liberated from slavery, and the most powerful army in the known world are bearing down on you.
He saw sticks turn into snakes. He didn't budge. He saw water turn into blood. Nothing... Hello, Pharaoh! Why don't you just give up?
The source of evil is the independent ego--and the ultimate independence of ego is not the rejection of G‑d but the belief that G‑d's power is one's own.
Why is change so difficult? Maybe because, often, we don't really want to change. Ancient Jewish texts describe this problem as a "Pharaoh Syndrome"...
Scripture never states explicitly that the tribe of Levi was not enslaved. In Midrash Tanchuma, Va'erah 6. however, Rabbi Joshua ben Levi makes this assertion. Rashi Exodus 5:4. sees it as implicit from the fact that Aaron was able to go and greet Moses, ...
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