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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Parsha

The Wildest Story Ever Told
People share things. Ideas, stories, experiences – everything that goes along with being a people. That’s why I’m quite skeptical as soon as any people begins to say, “You know what’s unique about our belief system that nobody else has?”

The fact is, if it’s philosophy someone else has already either thought of the same thing on their own, borrowed some pieces and reverse-engineered it, or plain ripped the whole thing off and claimed it as their unique world-view. All the more so if it’s a legend or a myth – about creation, about heroes, about how things got to be the way they got to be – somewhere, some people in the world have some other story with a lot of strong parallels. After all, we are all talking about

Pharaoh assured Moses that Israel would be freed, and the plague was lifted. But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and repudiated his pledge. His promises were forgotten when the pressure was removed.Pharaoh’s Contrition
The slavery in Egypt is approaching its final stages. The ten plagues are beginning to descend upon a hapless Egypt. Though Pharaoh’s reactions are not spontaneous – his reversals and broken promises were foreordained – still, men of free and not pre-determined will, often emulate him.

It was after the second plague, Pharaoh had assured Moses that Israel would be freed, and the plague was in fact lifted. “But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart” and

Assemblage and Refutation
On his deathbed, surrounded by his sons, Yaakov was going to reveal a prediction about the future messianic era. But at that very moment, he lost that revelation and then proceeded to bless his sons. However, Yaakov did reveal a glimpse of the Messianic Age in this week’s Parshah.

As Yaakov blessed his son Yehudah, he states, “The scepter (kingdom) shall not depart from (the tribe of) Judah, or a scholar from among his descendants, until when Shilo arrives, and he will

For the Love of the Game
We have all heard of the concept of making someone an offer that they cannot refuse. More often than not we can refuse the offer, but we cannot refuse the one who is making the offer.

What if the one making the offer is the Infinite Power that has created and continues to sustain all of existence? And what if it’s not an offer but a directive? Certainly this would qualify as an offer that would be impossible to refuse. Yet, Moshe does just that.
In Chapter 3 of Exodus

Rabbi Reuven Ajeyani, who led the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Sefrou, Morocco, before World War II and died 70 years ago, was famous throughout the Jewish world for the breadth of his Torah and Kabbalah knowledge and for his blessings for help from G-d.  As is the case with only a few great Torah sages, his body has not decomposed over 70 years and was buried intact 70 years later this month in Jerusalem.
Tragically, there is no yeshiva today in Sefrou since a large wave of North African Jews