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The Sixteenth Sedra 7-13 Shevat 5783 FROM THE TORAH Exodus 13:17-17:16 The Eternal has brought Egypt to its knees.  Ten plagues have weakened the people, denuded the land, and established the presence and power of the Eternal over life and death in Pharaoh’s realm.  The redemption of the Children of Israel leaves an indelible mark…

15. BO 5783

FROM THE TORAH Exodus 10:1-13:16 Recognizing His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and having heard the groaning of Jacob’s descendants, the Children of Israel, from Egyptian bondage, the Eternal has become a painful presence to the Egyptians in their own land.  In last week’s Sedra Va-eyra He imposed seven plagues upon Pharaoh and his…

14. VA-EYRA 5783

FROM THE TORAH Exodus 6:2-9:35 In last week’s Sedra Shemot, Pharaoh increased the Israelites’ burdens in retaliation for demands by Moses and Aaron.  The Officers of the Children of Israel then blamed Moses and Aaron for provoking Pharaoh.  Thereupon Moses confronted the Eternal: Nothing but evil has befallen the Children of Israel, and You have…