Trade24 makes sure to follow all the rules according to Halacha of which one can invest and lend money.
Galut Mitzrayim — the Egyptian Exile — has come to epitomize exile in Judaism. It is the ultimate galut, the ultimate exile and it embraces all aspects of the later exiles: displacement, foreign subjugation, powerlessness, and exposure to extreme physical and mental torture.
In a parallel fashion, Yetziat Mitzrayim — the Exodus from Egypt — has come to epitomize ultimate freedom – Geulah, the Redemption.
In Jewish thought, Galut Mitzrayim and Yetziat Mitzrayim – Exile and Exodus – no longer denote merely Israel’s enslavement and liberation. They play pivotal roles, exercising a far-reaching impact on Jewish legacy and halachic system. There are very few commandments, be they purely ritual, ethical or societal that do not contain a reference to either Galut Mitzrayim or Yetziat Mitzrayim.
Moshe Rabbeinu – Moses – the hero in the drama of Exodus is the undisputed universal icon of liberation.
The call of “Let my people go!” has become a universal cry for freedom divested of its particularistic origins. I remember that in the 1960’s when I participated in demonstrations for the freedom of Soviet Jewry I carried a sign that said in Russian: Odpusti Narod Moj! (Let My People Go!)
Yetziat Mitzrayim is the watershed event in our divinely inspired and divinely directed evolution as a People. The Exodus from Egypt was the gate to Sinai, to the receiving of the Torah, and to the conquest of the Land. These are the three main pillars on which our national existence rests: the People of Israel, the Torah of Israel and the Land of Israel. And in the evolution of all three, women played a central role.
We have discussed the major role women played in the Exodus, the Hebrews’ evolution as a People. About the Giving of the Torah on Har Sinai, the second and central pillar of our national-spiritual existence, our rabbis say: “The Torah was given to the women first.” Why? “Because women have a singular capacity for understanding fundamental ideas” (Shemot Rabba, 25), and as such it is they who transmit it to the next generation. It is the women who teach their children “the ways of the Torah” (Ibid.) and ensure the spiritual survival of Israel.
What about women’s historical role concerning the Land?
The most astounding tribute to women is our Sages’ reference to women’s love of the Land. “Women did not participate in any of Israel’s sins that would have prevented them from entering the Land of Israel,” it is said. The women “did not take part in the Cheit HaEgel, the sin of the Golden Calf…and also in the case of the meraglim, the spies, the women did not conspire with them… instead, they approached and requested inheritance in the Land” (Tanhuma HaKadum, Bamidbar 21). “The virtue of women is superior to that of men; as the men said: give us a leader, and we shall return to Egypt, the women said: give us inheritance in the Land” (Sifri).
For the sake of People, Torah, Land – throughout history women played their roles on the invisible center stage. May Jewish women continue to rise to the occasion to ensure a flourishing future for all three.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Though each member of Meira Academy’s 2015 graduating class was accepted to a university, all of the girls have chosen to spend a gap year in Israel to attend seminary before they head to college.
The two Torah giants spent hours discussing a variety of Torah topics, some of which went well beyond subjects normally dealt with in Lithuanian yeshivas.
Last year, OneFamily published a cookbook in Hebrew featuring the bereaved mothers’ recipes.
How did an unresolved murder case turn into an accusation of ritual murder?
Excerpted from The Apple Cookbook (c) Olwen Woodier. Photography by (c) Leigh Beisch Photography with Food Stylist Robyn Valarik. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.
The flag had been taken down in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting and was now back and flying.
A light breakfast of coffee and danishes will be available during the program.
A variety of glatt kosher food will be available for purchase at Kosher Korner (near Section 1).
Jewish Press South Florida Editor Shelley Benveniste will deliver a talk.
Corey Brier, corresponding secretary of the organization, introduced the rabbi.
The magnificent 400-seat sanctuary with beautiful stained glass windows, a stunning carved glass Aron Kodesh, a ballroom, social hall, and beis medrash will accommodate the growing synagogue.
Even when our prayers are ignored and troubles confront us, Rabbi Shoff teaches that it is the same God who sent the difficulties as who answered our prayers before.
All along, Ariella Barker dreamed of a legal system where justice was tempered with compassion.
In 1939, with life getting harder for Jews, she and several friends decided it was time to make aliyah, and applied at the Palestina Amt for permits.
Who is this wonder woman? Tally Makovsky Eitan is a scion of a family that has lived in Jerusalem for eleven generations!
Her grandsons were eager to reveal their grandmother’s earlier frustration with the unfair, inaccurate narrative of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The visionary champion of women’s rights in Judaism was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother.
This belief was coupled with the spirit of “Am Yisrael HaShalem” (One United People), in the Ben Yehuda household: to love and help all Jews without distinction.
It was Lia van Leer who changed the image of filmmaking in Israel so that it is now seen as an expression of culture and not mere entertainment.
In 1756, when the ominous threat of Islamic terror against Jews reached Tunis as well, Friha became one of its tragic victims.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/jewess-press/impact-women-history/exodus-the-invisible-center-stage-of-redemption-conclusion/2013/01/17/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: