Shabbat Beshalach (Ex. 13:17-17:16)

EVERYTHING happens in this portion – Pharaoh changes his heart (or does God change it for him?), the Israelites depart without taking time for the bread to rise, the get to the Red Sea, the waters part, Miriam sings the Song of the Sea (or the Song of Miriam, depending on your perspective), God travels with them as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, manna falls from the heavens each... read more


I arrived at the kollel, the house of study (literally – this was a house that had been emptied of everything, including interior walls, and re-purposed as a space for married men to come and study Talmud, Torah and other texts throughout the day) at 7:45pm, the usual time. I found one of the few English-Hebrew siddurs and opened it to the section for afternoon prayers and waited expectantly for the... read more

Shabbat Bo (Ex. 10:1-13:16)

This week, rather than quickly summarizing the portion I decided to keep you in the dark about the food assignment. Limited only by your research ability, creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a food which is “dark”. Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more... read more

Shabbat Vaera (Ex. 6:2-9:25)

In this weeks portion Pharaoh gives us a good role model for the phrase “slow learner”. One simple request – let the Israelites go. One simple consequence – or else God is going to get medieval on your country. Each plague was saying the same thing in a different way. And yet 6 plagues later Pharaoh is still not clueing into the concept. So, limited only by your creativity and the category of food which... read more

Shabbat Shemot (Ex. 1:1-6:1)

The first portion of the second book of Torah is called “Shemot” in Hebrew, which means “names” This week we fast forward 400 years. There’s a Pharaoh – we never find out what his name is, but then again the 5 Pharaoh’s named in Torah all are never called anything except “Pharaoh” – who doesn’t remember Joseph’s name. We meet two... read more

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