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The Wheel Deal (Pesach)

Preview: A famous midrash claims that “a maidservant at the Sea of Reeds saw/perceived what even Yechezkel son of Buzi did not.” What’s motivating this midrash? Perhaps it’s the pointed parallels between the splitting of the sea and Yechezkel’s “vision of the chariot.”

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They Won’t Trust Me (Shemot)

Preview: A theory: Moshe’s leprosy is directly linked to Miriam’s: only because Moshe doubted himself did others begin to as well. Ironically, his concerns – that others would question his prophetic abilities – became their own self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Battle of the Bards (Haazinu)

Preview: A lyrical prophecy. The fortieth year in the wilderness. “Incline your ears” to the words “of my mouth.” Revelation about the “end of days.” Knowledge from the “most high.” Water similes. Bird imagery. Snake and serpent imagery. B’nei Yisrael are handed over to “belo am.” These and about five other elements appear in not one, but two Torah texts: the prophecy of Bilaam… and the song of Haazinu! What are all the connections, and what do they mean?

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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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