Tetzaveh continues the detailed description of the artifacts and materials of the Sanctuary. It might seem that the Torah has little to teach us here about spiritual development or becoming […]
Parshat Terumah describes the architecture and furniture of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. In Jewish thought there is a correspondence between the Mishkan and the Revelation at Sinai (Rabbi Michel Barenbaum). […]
Shemot (23: 1-3) (Robert Alter, trans.) You shall not bear a false rumor. You shall not put your hand with the guilty to be a harmful witness. You shall not […]
Shemot (18: 1) (Robert Alter, trans.) And Jethro priest of Midian, Moses’s father-in-law, heard …
Robert Alter Jethro: As Umberto Cassuto and others have noticed, this episode stands in neat […]
Faith, Trust, and Fear In the last couple of weeks we looked at the hardened heart and the constricted soul. Pharaoh represented our yetzer hara, our inclination to close our […]
A Darkness One Can Feel In the interpretative path we are taking, the Pharaoh is not a historical figure but represents a way in which we resist change and growth. […]
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A Hardened Heart A fundamental principle of Mussar is that inner change is possible. Why then does God harden Pharaoh’s heart? The Mussar approach is to seek an answer in […]
Shemot (2:11) (Robert Alter, trans.) And it happened at that time that Moses grew and went out to his brothers and saw their burdens.
Midrash Rabbah Shemot (1:27) “When Moses […]
Bereishit (49:28-29) These are the tribes of Israel, twelve in all, and this is what their father spoke to them, blessing them, each according […]