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    Beshalach

    “Then We Will Sing…”

    Who among us is not thrilled with the magnificent events of Parshat B’Shalach?! But hidden in the text virtually all of Jewish history is encapsulated.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Shvat 10 5782
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    3 min
    Beshalach

    Is Gene Editing Playing God?

    The current Covid pandemic has a silver lining: It has accelerated research into Gene Editing techniques that promise to put an end to many lethal hereditary diseases. But should Man interfere in the work of God?

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Shvat 18 5782
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    Beshalach

    Shining Miracles

    When there is a multiplicity of miracles occurring all at the same time, like the candle lit in a room with floodlights, its brightness is hardly noticeable. The individual miracle has lost its power of influence and is already discounted by human beings.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Shvat 18 5782
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    Beshalach

    The Face of Evil

    The Amalekites attacked Israel during the lifetime of Moses just once. The Egyptians oppressed the Israelites over an extended period, starting a slow genocide by killing every male Israelite child. The whole thrust of the narrative would suggest that if any nation would become the symbol of evil, it would be Egypt. But the opposite turns out to be true.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Shvat 18 5782
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    Beshalach

    Believing & Planting: Beshalach, Emuna, & Tu B'Shvat

    The Torah portion of this week, Beshalach, can be called the Portion of Faith. It is filled with tests and trials that the Children of Israel must undergo on their way out of Egypt, and each one increases and strengthens its faith – emuna - in G-d in a different way. Let us list them and possibly see how they each teach a different lesson in faith:

    Rabbi Hillel Mertzbach | Shvat 12 5782
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    Beshalach

    A Mysterious Story of Manna in Our Generation

    In honor of both this week's Torah portion recounting the falling of the Manna from Heaven, and Tu B'Shvat

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Shvat 12 5782
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    3 min
    Beshalach

    The Holiest Most Heavenly Food On Earth

    Israel National Torah

    Looking at the holiest, most heavenly food that the Israelites ate while in the wilderness. Why did they not receive this special food after they entered the Land of Israel?

    Baruch Gordon
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    Beshalach

    Freedom From the Exile

    we read in the Torah the final chapter of the liberation of the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage and slavery. Yet, the Torah goes to great lengths to point out to us that freedom as a concept cannot exist in a vacuum.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Shvat 16 5781
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    Beshalach

    Looking Up

    The contrast between before and after the Red Sea could not be more complete. Facing the approaching Egyptians, do nothing. In the case of the Amalekites, however, go fight.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Shvat 13 5781
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    Beshalach

    The Right Thing, for the Right Reason

    Just when they thought it was safe to leave Egypt, they would again face an existentialist danger at the banks of the Reed Sea. Why did Paro change his mind once again?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Shvat 13 5781
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    2 min
    Beshalach

    Burning Bridges

    The sedra of Beshalach teaches us how one should Deal with the difficulties in our life.

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair
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    Beshalach

    Passing through the Waters … of the Jordan

    The splitting of the Yam Suf, retold in our parasha, was one of the most important events in the story of our Exodus from Egypt. Did David also split the Jordan river?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Shvat 12 5781
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    Beshalach

    Carrying Nitroglycerin on Shabbos

    Is there a way whereby a person suffering from angina or other heart disease may carry his medication on Shabbos through a public thoroughfare?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Shvat 11 5781
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    Swears and Oaths

    Facing the Truth

    Rabbi Daniel Kirsch | Shvat 14 5780
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    Beshalach

    No (or Yes) Bones About It

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss
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    3 min
    Beshalach

    The Holiest Most Heavenly Food on Earth

    Beyond the 4 Amot

    In this week's Parasha the Manna falls down from heaven. this continued until they reached the border of the land of Israel. Why does the holy food stop when we enter the holy land?

    Baruch Gordon | Shvat 12 5780
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    Beshalach

    The Source of All Troubles

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Shvat 11 5780
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    The Melachot

    Feeding the Birds

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Shvat 8 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    On Nationalism and Sanctity– part II

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Shvat 8 5780
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Crossing the Sea

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Shvat 7 5780
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