Beshallach: A Journey Through The Sea And Life

Beshallach: A Journey Through The Sea And Life

The Waters Are Divided (watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot) Beshallach: A Journey Through The Sea And Life Rabbi Judith B. Edelstein, D.Min., BCC Beshallach (“When he let go”) refers to Pharaoh’s sending out the enslaved Israelites from Egypt. This parashah...
Shemot: And God Said, “Hineni”

Shemot: And God Said, “Hineni”

Photo credit: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/wNYxw Shemot: And God Said, “Hineni” By Cantor Lois Kittner I believe in miracles, and I believe in God, but the accepted translations and interpretations of common scenes in the Torah had made it...

The Year of Narrowing

Mitzrayim, “the narrow places.” In our Torah reading cycle, we left Mitzrayim, the Hebrew word for the lands of Egypt, weeks ago, but in our calendar, we’re just two weeks away from retelling the story of Yetziat Mitzrayim, the “Going out of Egypt,” and our redemption...
Pharaoh’s Buyer’s Remorse

Pharaoh’s Buyer’s Remorse

It’s really hard to be wrong, to have regrets, to be on the “losing” side of something. Making (and acknowledging) mistakes is also hard, if not harder. When I’m knitting, and realize there’s a mistake in the piece, perhaps several rows back, I often dig in and...
The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

In this week’s Torah reading, Va’era, we read about the first several of the 10 Plagues suffered by Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Each time, Pharaoh offers to let the Israelites leave Egypt if that particular plague will stop, but once the plague does stop and all is...

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