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Haftarah Ki Tisa Part Two

[caption id="attachment_4476" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Haftarah"][/caption] “Obadiah was on the road and behold! Elijah was opposite him; he recognized him and fell on his face and said, 'Is this you, my master Elijah?'” How strange! The verse already pointed out that Obadiah recognized Elijah, enough for...

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Table Talk: Shemot

Names:This week’s portion, Shemot, (names) is also the beginning of Sefer Shemot, the Book of Names. The text begins with a list of names, but quickly switches to job descriptions,

Job Descriptions

[caption id="attachment_1761" align="alignleft" width="239" caption="Job Descriptions"][/caption] The Sages teach us that the Egyptians gave everyone jobs at which they were not skilled in order to increase their frustration and prevent them from having any sense of accomplishment. How did the Sages know? The Foundation Stone™ did...

The Strategies of the Evil Inclination

Nimrod had a problem. He had planned to rid himself of the Abraham problem and his idea of One God. Abraham was thrown into a heated furnace and survived. No one could believe his or her eyes. They had witnessed a great miracle. Everyone was silent,...

The Stealing Month

Both the father and his son were different: The father prayed for years to have a child. I knew from numerous conversations that, no matter how much he wanted a child, he was even more desperate for his wife to bear a child. I observed...

The Things We Carry

Two monks, as part of their vows, have promised never again to touch a woman. One day, while walking, they come to the edge of a river, where an astonishingly beautiful woman stands. Unable to cross unaided, she asks the monks for help. The first...