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Seventh Day (Behar / Shavuot)

Preview: Sinai themes permeate all laws in the Torah’s “Shabbat cycle:” Shabbat, shemittah, and yovel. What are those connections, and why are they there?

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Sound Investments (Beshalach)

Preview: A short homiletic thought: When the people store mann in their tents, it rots. When Aaron stores it in the mishkan, it does not. There’s a lesson here: investments in material luxury don’t ultimately yield the returns we might have hoped; investments in ethical education do.

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On One Foot (Kedoshim)

Preview: Midrash analysis: What’s the symbolism of learning the entire Torah “on one foot?” Perhaps the implication is that conclusions reached from such a posture are fundamentally unbalanced. To practice “halacha” properly, one must eventually place both feet on the ground. Plus, commentary on the phrase “כלל גדול בתורה.”

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Heavy Hearts (Bo)

Preview: Besides for Pharaoh, the only other people whose hearts become “hardened” during the exodus are his servants. It happens only once – and immediately after, the servants issue their one and only petition for Pharaoh to free the slaves. Sounds like the metaphor of the “hardened heart” doesn’t mean what we typically think it does…

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