A Guarantee of Daily Bread

A Guarantee of Daily Bread

After crossing the Sea of Reeds, the Jewish People found themselves in an inhospitable desert. For 40 years, they ate a miraculous food called Mann, or Manna. Yet we read that G-d also provided both quail and water. Why was it necessary for them to eat food whose...
What is Normal Life?

What is Normal Life?

The current global upheaval due to the raging pandemic, combined with political upheaval, has made us all unsettled; many are even broken and in despair. We all ask, “When will life return to normal?” The Exodus story, which we read about in the Torah...
Pharaoh’s Secret Power

Pharaoh’s Secret Power

Rabbi Meilech Biederman, a well-known teacher in Jerusalem, shared an incredible message this week, one that is worth sharing almost verbatim. Hashem told Moshe to arise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, because that is when he goes out to the water [see...
Plant Your Feet and Grow

Plant Your Feet and Grow

When Moses discovered the burning bush, G-d called out to him, “Remove your shoes, for the land that you are standing on is holy (Ex. 3:5).” This is probably one of the most famous stories in the Torah, and Judaism teaches that all the words and stories of...
No Surprises!

No Surprises!

For Joseph’s brothers, this is the week of their “big reveal.” They suddenly learn that the viceroy of Egypt, the one who had taken their brother Shimon (Simeon) captive, forced them to bring their brother Binyamin (Benjamin), and then seized...
Dreams for the Wise

Dreams for the Wise

The existence of the Haftarah, at least according to many sources, dates to the time of Chanukah. The Greeks prohibited observing the Sabbath and reading the Torah, and thus rabbis read related portions of the Prophets or Writings instead. These became the Haftarah...