The Prophecy of Moses

We are beginning the book of Exodus this Shabbat, in which Moses is first introduced in the Torah. I think it is important to present the seventh of Maimonides’ principles of belief regarding the prophecy of Moses. Below is my translation of Maimonides, followed by a brief summary of the theme of the principle. Moses is the father of all prophets, both of those who preceded him and those who succeeded ...

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The Eisodus and the Exodus – Shemot 5776

We begin reading the book of Exodus this week, which has as its central theme the events surrounding the redemption of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.  G-d intervened in history, punished the Egyptian slave-masters and took His people Israel out of Egypt with miracles and wonders. With the Exodus, G-d created the physical entity known as the Jewish people and laid the way for their transformation into a ...

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The Crucible – Parshat Shemot 5774

The book of Exodus begins with the slavery of the Jews in Egypt and continues with their freedom from that slavery.  Passover celebrates that historic event of about 3320 years ago.  The Torah recounts how God intervened in history, punished the Egyptian slave-masters and took His people – known then as the Hebrews or the Children of Israel -- out of Egypt with miracles and wonders. The term Exodus  denotes ...

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