A Song Every Day

Thoughts on Torah, prayer and Jewish miscellany

Shemot: A Path to Follow

Explore water, light and fire in Moses’ life and investigate a puzzle…. “She named him Moses, for I have pulled him from the water.” [Shemot/Exodus 2:4] There is a rule … Continue reading

January 4, 2010 · Leave a comment

Shemot: Language and Translation

The children of Israel proliferated, swarmed, multiplied and grew more and more.* [Exodus/Shemot 1:7] This is a very odd verse, stylistically. There are four almost synonymous verbs of increase that … Continue reading

January 4, 2010 · Leave a comment

Shemot: Something to Notice

These are the names (v’eileh shemot) of the sons of Israel (bnei yisrael) who came to Egypt with Jacob, each coming with his household. (Exodus 1:1) These opening words elegantly … Continue reading

January 4, 2010 · Leave a comment

Shemot: Great Source(s)

The entire episode of the midwives [Exodus/Shemot 1:15-21] is likewise presented poetically, in a manner beloved of ordinary folk. Conversations of this nature between the great king, who was revered … Continue reading

January 4, 2010 · Leave a comment
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