Matzah Motivators

Passover preparations are underway, and many households are already cleaning out rooms, looking for Chometz. “Chometz” is any product of wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt which was allowed to rise, including bread, cookies, cakes & crackers. During the Passover...
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 portion this...

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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...

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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 the Torah...

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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 Binyamin instead — is...

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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...

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How to Have It All

How to Have It All

As we read last week, Yaakov left his parent's home to live with his uncle Lavan, both to escape the anger of his brother Esav and to find a wife. Now, upon his return with his family, he hoped to make peace with Esav — and so Yaakov sent him an elaborate gift of...

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