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Why Did The Egyptians Become Our Friends?

Why Did The Egyptians Become Our Friends?

In the middle of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Bo, God uses the unexpected term “friend” to describe the relationship between the Israelites and the Egyptians. Maybe I missed something, but I don’t recall any indication of friendship between the Israelites and the Egyptians in the previous Torah portions.

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What Can the Old Teach the Young?

What Can the Old Teach the Young?

Growing up in the 50s and 60s, it was common to hear the expression, “generation gap.” In this week’s Torah portion, ויגש, Yosef’s brother, Yehuda, refers to their father, Yaakov, as אב זקן “ old father” and youngest brother, Benjamin, as ילד זקונים , “young child of his old age.” Both Rashi in his commentary and the Rambam in his Mishnah Torah refer at times to Yaakov as “the old one.”

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President Trump, Jerusalem, Chanukah

President Trump, Jerusalem, Chanukah

“Why are people in an uproar and the nations saying things that are not true? The rulers of the earth take their stand and their leaders conspire secretly… against Hashem and His anointed one.” These are the opening lines of Psalms, Chapter 2. They resonate today as much as they did in the time that King David first composed them.

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Real Life Experiences

Real Life Experiences

One of the more remarkable features of the Torah is the way it teaches us valuable lessons. It does not present to us idealized figures of perfect people nor does it sugar coat events to make its main characters look good. Warning, this week’s Torah reading contains sensitive material that may not be suitable for children under 12.

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