Shabbat Yitro (Ex. 18:1-20:23)

Looking at it with a storyteller’s perspective, last week we saw a slave population freed but disorganized. Without God’s direct intervention the words of Pharaoh (“the wilderness will swallow them up”) would surely come true. This week we see the beginnings of an organization, both “in the trenches” in the form of a system of courts and authority and “from on high” in the form of the big 10 commandments.... read more

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

In this parsha, Miriam is singing her Song of the Sea. The Israelites whine about missing meat, so a quail wind blows in from the coast with the weirdest lake-effect in history, dumping 2 feet of fowl flesh on the ingrateful former slaves. Then they whine for water, and Moses performs the first full-contact Xtreme dowsing event in Jewish history. Water, water everywhere in this portion, and not a moment... read more

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

This week our story begins with the words “God said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh’”, and thus we begin the compelling story of the Israelite’s run to freedom. The name of the portion, “Bo” literally means “go”. So limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you have been assigned, please bring “foods that go”. Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in... read more

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

In the portion this week, God tells Moses that he appeared to the Patriarchs as “El Shadday” (literally “God of the Mountain”), not with the name he gave just last week. This poses a problem logistically because if you look back, God clearly uses that name in the text before this moment. The great Rabbis, including Rashi, Nachmanides (Ramban), Ibn Ezra and others have an interesting explanation for this... read more

EdibleTorah eBooks

As we tip over from the mad rush of December and prepare to ease into another year, I like to take a minute to appreciate the hush and calm that comes after the rush and bustle of various holidays. This week after New Year I like to take a few moments to pause and regroup before diving into the new year. A chance to take stock, reflect, and think. And so I’ve held off until now to officially promote... read more