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We are told that without Rav Shelomo Yitzhaki better known as Rashi, the outstanding Biblical commentator of the Middle Ages, it would be almost impossible for us to understand the written Torah. Rashi's commentary on the Torah was unique. He was concerned with every word in the text which needed elaboration or explanation and he was concise to the point of using the fewest words possible in his commentaries.
Rashi begins his commentary on the Torah with the following: Said Rabbi Isaac: It was not necessary to begin the Torah (with creation, the flood, the story of the forefathers, slavery in Egypt), rather (the Torah should have begun in this week’s portion of Bo, in chapter 12 with the words) “This month is to you,” which is the first
At the beginning of the parsha, we are told that one of HaShem’s goals in the exodus from Egypt was to insure that we tell that story to our progeny: "And so that you may relate it in the ears of your sons and your son`s sons what I have wrought upon Egypt, and My signs which I have placed among them that you may know that I am the L-rd" (Exodus 10:2).
After reading this passage, the obvious question that comes to mind is, if we are commanded to teach our children, then it is they who will
To find the proper words on such occasions is never easy, but that was the challenge of Moshe Rabbenu as he addressed his brethren who were suffering in Egyptian bondage. At the beginning of the parsha, G-d charged Moshe with the mission of announcing to the Jewish people that the time of their liberation was at hand. HaShem used four different expressions in describing their redemption. "I will take you out from under the burdens of Egypt; I shall rescue you from their service; I shall redeem
We came to Israel for an extended weekend to visit our daughter Mikhayla and Daniel and our son Moses who is here for the year. Jerusalem seemed like the perfect choice for “Yeshiva Week” and from the crowds, it looks like much of the community had the same idea. I heard from friends that visitors to Aruba were significantly less than in past years.
My son Jonah related a story he heard from Rav Duvi Ben Soussan on LearnTorah.com.
The Talmud and Midrash relate that following his
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