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...
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...
“Ko-vid-26*” and Covid-19

“Ko-vid-26*” and Covid-19

Last year at this time I was happily making initial preparations for the Malverne Jewish Center’s third annual Community Passover Seder. Well, you know what they say about “the best laid plans.” I tried to hold out hope that the novel coronavirus that had reached our...

Lighting Up The Darkness

Darkness and light are motifs that have been around since, well, the beginning. Coming as it does at the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, Hanukkah–the Festival of Lights–acknowledges the very human desire and need for illumination. If the heavenly...
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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