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Mishpatim

  To meet the Divine Make sure you’re fully present Avoid distractions Exodus 24:12 God said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the...
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Yitro

The fourth commandment Remember the Sabbath Day And keep it holy Parashah Yitro includes our first look at the Decalogue – “Ten Commandments” is...
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B’shalach

Moses fulfills vow Made by B’nei Yisrael Joseph leaves Egypt A few weeks ago, in the closing verses of the Book of Genesis, we...
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Bo

A sign on your hand A symbol between your eyes Tefillin mitzvah As this week’s portion ends, we find two similar passages: Exodus 13:9...
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Va-eira

Moses says to God: The people would not listen So why should Pharaoh? Exodus 6:10-12 Adonai spoke to Moses, saying, “Go and tell Pharaoh...
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Shemot

The infant Moses Placed in a basket by mom Sent down the river Miriam watches Gets Yocheved some “mom time” With her quick thinking...
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Va-y’chi

Jacob holds grudges Reuben, Simeon, Levi All incur dad’s wrath He still picks favorites The brothers will praise Judah God will bless Joseph Chapter...
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Vayigash

Jacob meets Pharaoh Tells him “My years have been few” “My life has been hard” Genesis 47:8-9 Pharaoh asked Jacob, “How many are the...
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Mikeitz

Famine in Canaan Jacob sends sons to Egypt To purchase some grain The stage is now set For family reunion Just as God planned...
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Vayeishev

Powerful women Tamar and Potiphar’s wife Sex and deception This week’s haiku should not be considered sexist condemnation of the tactics used by both...