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Bread and Curses (Shelach)

Preview: On the relationship between three stories (mann-collecter, wood-gatherer, blasphemer) and three laws (Shabbat, challah, lechem ha-panim) – and how the theme of “redistributive justice” may be the key to understanding their literary connection.

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The Matchmakers (Vayakhel)

Preview: There’s a strange midrash about the nesi’im underestimating how much b’nei Yisrael would donate to the mishkan. To understand it, we must look to the last episode where the nesi’im appeared: in the story of the mann, where they criticized the nation for gathering to excess.

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The Grandfathers (Shemot)

Preview: There’s a funny midrash about a promise Yitro once asked Moshe to make regarding how he’d raise his children, and it sounds a whole lot like the oath Yaakov makes Yosef take in this week’s parshah. Did Chazal see a relationship here? What’s the lesson for us?

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