The opening chapters of the book of Exodus chronicles Israel's transformation from a single family into a teeming nation. With the birth of every precious Hebrew baby at stake, Torah makes clear that it is the integrity of the family unit which gave, and gives, the nation of Israel, the strength to persevere and to prosper.
Shemot (Exodus 1:1 - 6:1)
Parashat Shemot is read on Shabbat:
Tevet 21, 5780/January 18, 2020
What is the nature of a blessing, and what is the message of Yaakov's poetic and mysterious blessings that he extended to each of his twelve sons as he lay on his death bed, as the book of Genesis comes to a close and the chill of the Egyptian exile begins to be felt.
Vayechi (Genesis 47:28 - 50:26)
Parashat Vayechi is read on Shabbat:
Tevet 14, 5780/January 11, 2020