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Empty Handed (Vayetze)

Preview: Serving a “master.” Seeking a “holiday” to offer “sacrifices.” “Three days” of journey. “Seeing” the “face.” Leaving “empty handed.” Role of “ears” and of “males” emphasized. Which Biblical text includes all these details? Six (!) actually: Lavan and Yaakov; Israel in Egypt; the Sinai revelation; the Golden Calf; the pilgrimage law; and the law of severance gifts. How Yaakov’s sojourn in Lavan’s house morphed into the mitzvah of aliyah l’regel and ha’anakah

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Snake Eyes (Chukkat)

Preview: Snakes. Fire. Cursed bread. Weariness and thorns. Pathway to the good land has become obstructed. All these elements appear during the plague in our parshah – and also in the Garden of Eden…

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The Moments in the Middle (Sefirat HaOmer / Shavuot)

Preview: There are three “counts of seven” in the Torah: the seven days of shiva neki’im, the seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot, and the seven sabbatical years between jubilees. What’s the relationship between these periods of time?

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Are We There Yet? (Bo)

Preview: There’s a curious focus on the packing of “provisions” (צדה) that we find when b’nei Yisrael travel between Egypt and Canaan in Yosef’s days; and again, on the eve of the exodus in the book of Shemot; and again during their entry into the land in the days of Yehoshua. What’s its significance, and how is it related to the concept of “tarrying” (להתמהמה) – another concept that crops up a lot in these contexts?

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