Why All the Hype?

In this week’s Torah portion, VaEra, and in the Passover prayers and Haggadah, we emphasize the miraculous nature of the Exodus from Egypt. Moses’ staff became a snake, ten terrifying plagues punished the Egyptians, the Red Sea split for the Jews but drowned Pharaoh’s army and on and on. It does not appear however, that all of these miracles were necessary to expedite the redemption. God could have ended our ...

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The New Moon — A Minor Festival – Va’eira 5776

This Shabbat we will be saying special prayers in the synagogue to announce and bless the new month in the following week.  We do this because the concepts and lessons contained in the Jewish calendar are so central to our beliefs that it is necessary to teach and emphasize them regularly. The calendar is a reminder of the Exodus and G-d’s involvement in history, and His promise to redeem us. ...

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