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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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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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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Bo

Bo: Delusional Desire

This week’s Torah portion includes Moshe’s last encounter with Pharaoh before the exodus from Egypt. It narrates the last of the ten plagues, including the death of the first-born, and establishes Pesach/Passover as the first Jewish festival. I am theologically and ethical troubled by aspects of the Exodus account, but I am also inspired by it. There’s […]

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