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Glory Either Way | Season 2: Week 16

Glory Either Way | Season 2: Week 16

Exodus 13:17-17:16
Parashat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-16:16) is immediately preceded by the inauguration of the first Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and by God’s Ten Plagues of judgment on the Egyptians. God has been wooing the children of Israel into the desert since the beginning of the book (3:18, 7:16). He is introducing Himself to them as their trustworthy national leader by overcoming one impossible obstacle at a time…

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God of Distinctions | Season 2: Week 15

God of Distinctions | Season 2: Week 15

Exodus 10:1-13:16 picks up the story of the children of Israel in Egypt under Pharaoh’s command. God has introduced Himself to Moses in previous chapters and both called and equipped him to be the deliverer of the Jewish people. Pharaoh would not listen to the warnings that Moses gave him to let the Jewish people go free to worship their God, so God Himself begins to release plagues on the land of Egypt. In this particular portion, we see the plagues of locusts, darkness and finally the death of the first born in the land…

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The Beauty of God’s Plan | Season 2: Week 9

The Beauty of God’s Plan | Season 2: Week 9

Gen 37:1-40:23

During last week’s parsha, we looked intently into the life of Jacob. This week’s offering subsists as a natural overflow, finding its focus on the life of Jacob’s most favored son—Joseph. I was deeply impacted as I contemplated these consecutive portions, and was struck by the multiple parallels within the journeys of this father and son (particularly as it relates to the refinement of their character)…

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Seeing the Face of God | Season 2: Week 8

Seeing the Face of God | Season 2: Week 8

Gen 32:4-36:43

This week’s portion focuses on one of the patriarchs of our faith—Jacob.  The story of his life is portrayed throughout many chapters of the book of Genesis.  He first appears in a previous Torah portion (Parashat Toldot || Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) when Rebecca is pregnant and feels Jacob and his twin brother, Esau, struggling with each other in utero.  It is helpful for us to recount some of the early events of Jacob’s life as we setup this week’s musings. 

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The Life of Sarah & A Wife for Isaac

The Life of Sarah & A Wife for Isaac

Genesis 23:1 – 25:18
The portion of scripture we’re exploring this week is Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18). We begin this section with the record of Sarah’s death at 127 years old. It seems ironic for the portion of Torah known as “The Life of Sarah” to begin with her death announcement, but, as the next several chapters unfold, we see the essence of Sarah and her legacy displayed clearly for all to see…

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