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Yitro: Sacred Service

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Yitro

Yitro: Sacred Service

In this week’s reading (Yitro), the Israelites experience an extraordinary revelation at Mount Sinai. The content of that revelation includes the Ten Commandments. These days, I’ve been think a lot about the fourth of those divine utterances, the one about the Sabbath. “Six days you may work and do all your labor, it states, “but the seventh […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Beshalakh 2017

Beshalakh: From Bitter to Sweet

This week’s Torah portion (Beshalakh), includes Pharaoh’s pursuit of the Israelites and a miraculous escape made possible by the parting of the Sea of Reeds. There is an epic victory poem and a description of the prophetess Miriam leading the women in joyful celebration. Too bad the portion doesn’t continue on this uplifting note. Immediately after this […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Bo 2017

Bo: Liberating the Mixed Multitude

In this week’s Torah portion (Bo), the Children of Israel finally escape Egypt bondage. But they weren’t the only ones fleeing Pharaoh: A mixed multitude also went up with them  (Exodus 12:38) Commentators through the ages have had a lot to say about this mixed multitude (erev rav). Frankly, I find much of it to be, […]

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