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The Tyranny of Tomorrow (Shemot)

Preview: How Yosef’s lesson to the Egyptians – “worry about what tomorrow will bring” – illuminates all critical details of b’nei Yisrael’s enslavement (from their building of “store cities,” to Egypt’s concern about far-off wars, to the focus on “packing provisions” on the eve of the exodus).

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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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