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Deborah: (a) Fourth of the Judges, a prophetess who judged and taught the Israelites for forty years (1107-1067 BCE) following Ehud and Shamgar’s deaths. When the Israelites relapsed into idolatry they were subjected to the rule of the Canaanite king, Jabin, and his general, Sisera. Deborah and Barak led a small Israelite army in battle and completely destroyed the Canaanite army and gained independence. (b) A common Jewish name.
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From all over Israel, people flocked to Devorah to hear her inspiration, advice and judgement. Devorah means a bee; here's how her name reflected the message of her life.
The Talmud on the Megillah, Lesson 33
The third-in-a-series about Female Prophetic Superiority, comes on the heels of the observation that Hamanic plotting catalyzed greater spiritual rejuvenation than EVEN the exceptional down-to-earth form of prophecy uniquely endowed to females. Here, once...
A biblical history of the Jews
After the passing of Joshua, the Jewish people were led by a series of “shoftim” (literally, “judges”). The book of Judges chronicles the events that transpired during their leadership. Major events in this period of history include Ehud’s assassination o...
10 Shevat 5732 · January 26, 1972
At the time of the Song of Moses, the Jews were in the midst of a great journey through an awesome desert. They had yet to reach, conquer and establish a Jewish homeland. By contrast, at the time of the Song of Deborah, the Jews were already settled in th...
The Torah portion of Beshalach contains both the song of Moses, as well as the song of Miriam. The chosen Haftarah, however, which discusses the Song of Deborah, is chosen specifically in connection to the Song of Miriam.
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