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Look Who’s Talking (Shemot)

Preview: Why would Hashem choose a leader with a “heavy tongue and heavy mouth” to act as His spokesman to Pharaoh? For a clue, let’s look to an unlikely source: the “Tale of the Eloquent Peasant,” a very popular ancient Egyptian story about a man of great oratory skills who advocated for justice before the Pharaoh. Plus, other approaches.

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What’s in a Name? (Vayishlach)

Preview: Why does Yaakov ask for the angel’s “name?” The stories of Gideon and Manoach may offer some clues.

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Bee Line (Devarim)

Preview: “And they chased you like bees” – what’s the meaning of this strange metaphor? “And we were like grasshoppers in their eyes” – what’s the meaning of this strange metaphor? Might the two be connected?

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Going Rogue (Shemini)

Preview: Aharon’s two oldest sons disregard the strictures of the sanctuary and burn something they’re not supposed to; then, a few verses later, his two younger sons do the exact same thing. Neither set of sons acts “as commanded.” So why their disparate fates?

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