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This week's parsha

Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the 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 website.

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.  

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Trapped? Not trapped!

One of the most terrible and frightening feelings is that of being trapped.  There is no way out.  Blocked on all sides.  It is a situation which might occur, G-d forbid, in literal, physical terms, in a context of violence or war.  It is also one which might arise in terms of the turns and twists of a career, or of difficult human relationships. Being trapped is also something which might happen to a person inside his or her own mind and heart. Trapped, unable to move freely.  Stuck.  Like Pharaoh King of Egypt.

In which way was he trapped?  Pharaoh was the oppressor of the Jews.  They were trapped; in what way was he?

Read more: Trapped?  Not trapped!

Thrown Into the River

Our Parshah tells of the harshness of the ancient Egyptian aggression against the Jewish people. First they were enslaved. Then there was a new, cruel decree: "any boy who is born should be thrown into the river" (Exodus 1:22).

The Sages explain that, like everything in the Torah, this command to throw the Jewish children into the Nile can be understood on several levels. One, of course, is the literal meaning of the physical threat. Another level of meaning has direct relevance to us today.

In Egyptian life the Nile River was seen, quite naturally, as the source of the great prosperity of the land. With reliable regularity the Nile would overflow its banks, providing water for the irrigation for the fertile Nile valley, the basis of the Egyptian economy. For this reason the river was worshiped as an idol.

Read more: Thrown Into the River

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