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Reaching Out (Pesach)

Preview: The story of Pesach is the story of three “outstretched arms:” first, the daughter of Pharaoh, when reaching for baby Moshe; second, Hashem, when rescuing b’nei Yisrael; third, b’nei Yisrael, when leaving Egypt, and again during the battle with Amalek.

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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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Shakespeare and Sodom (Vayera)

Preview: On parallels between “Lot’s exodus” from Sodom vs. b’nei Yisrael’s exodus from Egypt, and the meaning of these connections.

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Problem Finders vs. Problem Fixers (Bechukotai)

Preview: Look carefully and you’ll notice that there’s a pair of closely related key words that appear throughout the parshiyot of Behar and Bechukotai: געל, “to reject,” and גאל, “to redeem.” What’s going on?

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