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Yitro: The Perfection of Imperfection

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Yitro 2016

Yitro: The Perfection of Imperfection

This week’s Torah portion (Yitro/Jethro), cover a lot of ground, including Moses’ ascent to Mt. Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. I’m going to focus instead on a single seemingly unimportant verse: When you make for Me an altar of stones, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for by wielding your […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Beshalakh 2016

Beshalakh: Bearing Witness

In this week’s Torah reading (Beshalakh/When He Sent), the Children of Israel cross the Reed Sea and are finally and decisively freed from Egyptian bondage. After agreeing to release the Israelites, Pharaoh changed his mind and set out with his army in hot pursuit. Trapped between Egyptian chariots and the sea, the Israelites panicked. But God, by […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Bo

Bo: Plagued by Darkness

This week’s reading, Bo/Come, describes the last three plagues imposed by God on Egypt including the plague of darkness. The darkness was in some ways the subtlest of the plagues, and the text makes it clear that it was not ordinary darkness: YHVH said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, and there will be darkness on […]

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