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And they embittered their lives with hard labor, with clay and with bricks and with all kinds of labor in the fields, all their work that they worked with them with back breaking labor. Shemot 1:14
During a class this week, the question was posed asking if our slavery in Egypt was inevitable. So I turned the question back to the table asking why one would believe Egypt was inevitable?
One quoted the verse, “And there was a famine in the land; and Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was severe in the land. And it came to pass, when he came near to enter to Egypt that he said to Sarai his wife, "Behold now, I know that you are a pretty woman to look upon. Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see
In this parsha, we meet the greatest man who ever walked on planet earth, the man who actually spoke to G-d face to face — Moshe Rabbenu — Moses, Our Teacher. Moses was brilliant, strong, handsome, and powerful, yet it was not for any of these reasons that he was chosen to be a leader.
The Torah testifies that no man ever lived who even came close to his greatness. While we cannot fully comprehend his majesty, we will try to define that which made him awesome and worthy of leadership; perhaps
We have a teaching that everything that happened to our forefathers is a sign to the children. So when we study the Torah, it is not only to our G-d given heritage that we connect, but we also acquire insight into our own lives today. On his deathbed, our father Jacob blessed his children. Those blessings transcend the centuries and are as real today as they were then. In Genesis 48:20, it states: “So he (Jacob) blessed them that day declaring, “By you shall Israel bless, saying ‘May G-d make
As I write this, it’s Sunday morning the 10th of Tevet and I am sitting in Aventura. We learned of and saw the graphic video of a sadistic terrorist attack in Jerusalem where a heartless murderer drove a truck into a group of young soldiers boarding a bus at Armon HaNetziv in the East Talpiot neighborhood. One pass wasn’t enough for this cruel butcher who turned to run over his victims again and was only stopped when he was shot dead. Our hearts go out to the injured, praying that Hashem will
We continue the story of Joseph in Egypt this week. After the confrontation with Judah, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and explains to them that the famine is slated to continue for five more years. He tells them to inform their father that he is still alive and sends them with provisions and gifts back to Canaan.
The Torah tells us that the brothers arrived in Canaan. Now how do they break the news to their father? Remember that Joseph has been assumed dead for 22 years. Would Jacob