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Torah Portions Trumah – Tetzaveh

Since my last post was about Purim, we missed Trumah Torah Portion. Therefore, I’ll comment on two Torah portions today – Trumah and Tetzaveh. It is not difficult to combine them, since…

The Profound Lessons Of Megillat Esther

After These Events My dear readers, I have been leading this blog for almost 5 years now, and that means that I am writing an article about Purim here for the fifth…

Mishpatim: I Send An Angel Before You

Malach Panav The Torah Portion Mishpatim (Ex. 21:1 –Ex. 24:18) seems to be all about laws and rulings (its very title, mishpatim, actually means “laws”). However, at the end of all these…

Yitro: The Family Story Or The National Event?

I remember clearly how surprised and even disappointed I was when I realized, for the first time ever, that such a huge event as the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai…

Parashat Beshalach: God Never Says Oops!

God Never Says Oops! Since I have never before written comments on Exodus Torah Portions on these pages, I am now overwhelmed with all the Hebrew insights that I can share with…