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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).
Taking a Stand (Chukkat)
Preview: There are two water crises in the Torah – the one at Massa U-Merivah and the one at Mei Merivah. Ever notice the spate of similarities between the stories told in each one’s aftermath – that is, between Moshe’s correspondence with the King of Edom and Moshe’s correspondence with the Priest of Midian? What are the connections, and what do they mean?
Look Who’s Talking (Shemot)
Preview: Why would Hashem choose a leader with a “heavy tongue and heavy mouth” to act as His spokesman to Pharaoh? For a clue, let’s look to an unlikely source: the “Tale of the Eloquent Peasant,” a very popular ancient Egyptian story about a man of great oratory skills who advocated for justice before the Pharaoh. Plus, other approaches.