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A short video connecting the Parasha and the land of Israel.
  • “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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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
  • The Holiest Most Heavenly Food On Earth
    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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
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