Parashat Beshalach

Parashat Beshalach By Rabbi Russ Resnik Exodus 13:17–17:16; Judges 4:4-5:31; Colossians 2:22-29 Imitatio Dei, the imitation of God, is an idea with a long history in both the Jewish and Christian worlds (it’s a Latin phrase after all), and with surprising relevance today. From a Jewish perspective Imitatio Dei sounds like real chutzpah—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. How can we imitate Hashem, the God whose name we can’t even utter? How can we in any way be like the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the one who redeemed us from Egypt and appeared amid the glory-cloud on Mount Sinai to give us the Torah? In that same

Parashat Bo

Saturday 20 January 2018 Shevat 4 5778 Exodus 10:1-13:16; Jeremiah 46:13-28; John 19:31-37 The Two Remembrances The first commandments God gave directly to the entire community of Israel concerned the Passover, the Passover lamb, and the seven days of unleavened bread. Messianic Jews note the significance. The first laws God assigned to the nation involve the Passover sacrifice (which foreshadows the death of Messiah) and the preparation for redemption from Egypt (which foreshadows the final redemption). Before receiving any other commandments, the nation needed first to keep the commandments of redempt

Parashat Va’era

Parashat Va’era by David Wein, Tikvat Israel, Richmond, VA Exodus 6:2 – 9:35; Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21; Rev 16:1-21 O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. . . . What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet. Shakespeare’s famous soliloquy has Juliet asking why Romeo has to be called by that name, by that family. “Gee, if that Romeo could just get rid of his name, and go by Stanley Smith or something, all our problems would be solved!” Perhaps. But what’s in a name, indeed? Why do we call people or things by a particular name? Is the name of that thing something you can just change out

Parashat Shemot

Saturday 6 January 2018 Tevet 19 5778 Parashat Shemot by Rabbi Kalman Packouz Exodus 1:1 – 6:1; Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23, Jer. 1:1-2:2; 1 Peter 4:12-19 In this week's Torah portion the Torah tells us "There arose a new king over Egypt who did not know Joseph." There is a disagreement whether it was truly a new king or whether the king (Pharaoh) chose to ignore any debt of gratitude to Joseph and his people for saving Egypt and the world from the seven years of famine. Obviously, trusting in people -- especially heads of governments -- is problematic. Who do you trust? Who can you trust? In my youth there was a tel

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