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From Within a Cloud (Mishpatim)

Preview: At the burning bush, Hashem promised Moses that after the exodus, he and the people would “worship Me on this mountain.” When exactly was this prophesy fulfilled? There’s actually quite a few interpretive possibilities, and realizing this may help us explain the confusing and disjointed way in which the Torah presents what happened at Sinai.

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Waterless Pits (Vayeshev)

Preview: On the theory, noticed by others, that the Korban Pesach recalls the sale of Yosef – and how Zechariah may have alluded to this.

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You Can’t See Me (Ki Tissa)

Preview: On the meaning of the curious phrase, “man shall not see Me and live” – including parallels between Moshe, Eliyahu, and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

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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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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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