A Dark Week at KI

The Torah portion for this week, Terumah (Gift-offering), from Exodus 25 discusses the building of the first sanctuary of the Jewish people, a tent like structure, built, dissembled, carried and built again, numerous times during the Hebrews forty years in the desert. Its plan and utensils became the basis for...

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Everyone Needs A Yitro

This week’s Torah portion, Yitro, is one of the few that names a specific person. “Yitro” or “Jethro” is Moses’ father-in-law, and is an extremely important figure to this story, which is about Moses’ leadership style and how we will eventually form a system of government that does not completely...

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Community Softens the Heart

In this week’s Torah portion, Bo, God brings the final three plagues on the Egyptians and we leave Egypt. In the portion, we are told several times that God “hardened Pharaoh’s heart” in his refusal to let us go free from Egypt. What makes up these moments of Pharaoh’s hardened...

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Who am I?

In this week’s Torah portion, God tells Moses to go and speak to Pharaoh and the Egyptians and tell them to “Let my People Go!” Moses says, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? I have a speech impediment.” This verse is always striking to me, as it...

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