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This week's parsha

Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the Chabad.org website.  We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given.  For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website.  If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the Chabad.org website.

The Divine Loan

The intimate Jewish relationship with G-d is expressed in the idea that G-d Himself keeps the laws of the Torah.  The Sages tell us they are called "G-d's laws" because not only do they come from G-d, but they are also kept by G-d.  This teaching helps a person understand more clearly how closely we are connected with the Divine at every step of our lives.  The Zohar states: "G-d, the Jewish people and the Torah are one."  This applies in many ways.  The teaching that, so to speak, both we and G-d keep the laws of the Torah helps us understand that we are truly bonded together.

Read more: The Divine Loan

Action First

Standing at the foot of Mount Sinai in readiness to receive the Torah, the Jewish people proclaimed that they would first observe all its commandments and subsequently attempt to understand them.  They declared first "we will do" and then "we will understand."

Some of our people maintain that they will begin to observe mitzvot when they understand them.  

Read more: Action First

Never Again!

The glorious end to the years of slavery in Egypt is related in the Parshah of Beshalach.  Pharaoh dreamed of annihilating the Jewish people by a two-pronged attack: To physically destroy a portion of the people, and to actively promote the assimilation of the remainder, thereby effectively eliminating their Jewish identity, G-d forbid.  Pharaoh's evil dream was forever swept away in the waters of the Red Sea.

In every generation, "Pharaohs" arise who share the evil hope of the ancient Egyptian monarch.  

Read more: Never Again!

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Date: Feb 24 '18
Sponsor: Regina Novak
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