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Shmot: If Midrash is Real, Why Isn’t It Peshat?

We need to put ourselves into the eyes of Pharaoh's daughter.

Bechukoti: Why Would God Curse His People?

In this week's parsha a stark choice is presented: follow God and live, or abandon Him and die.

Parshat Naso: A Guide For…Parenting?

Is parsha Naso teaching us how we should treat our children?

Aleph Beta: Beha’alotecha: Where It All Went Wrong

WIth this week's parsha, Israel begins its 40 years wandering in the desert before entering the Land

Toldot: a Conversation for the Ages

What does the parsha teach us about the nature of heritage?

Metzora: Living Within the Community

while each of us is an individual, we are also part of a larger unit

Ki Tisa: Moshe’s Benevolent Chutzpah

The Jewish people commit the worst sin possible - worshiping a false god.

Tetzaveh: Where Is God in a Physical World?

How can God be both outside of space and time, and in our physical world?

Tazria: The Bizarre Purification of the Metzora

This week's parsha deals with the strange set of laws dealing with tzara'at.

Beshalach: What Does It Mean to Have Faith?

Why did Miriam lead the women of the nation in a second song?

Parshat Pinchas: What Does It Mean To Be Zealous For God?

The midrash says that Pinchas, (this parsha), and Eliyahu, prophet of Kings, are one and the same.

Shelach: Is Hope Irrational?

Are pessimists just rationalists, and is hope just naiveté?

Mishpatim: Female Servitude… Wait, What?

Worse, a female child, being sold by her parents!

Chukat: Was Hitting the Rock So Horrible?

What was the small act of Moshe talking to the rock meant to teach the people of Israel?

Vayechi: Who Is Joseph’s Real Father?

When Joseph agrees to bury Jacob in Canaan, Jacob bows to him in relief - why?

Pekudei: a Giant Chiasm in Sefer Shmot

How do the pieces of this puzzle come together to help us understand how the Torah builds together?

Acharei Mot: The (Surprising) Point of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is called one of the days of awe. What does awe have to do with forgiveness for our sins?

Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?

This new perspective helps us understand Joseph.

Masei: Why Is The End of Bamidbar So Anticlimactic? Part II

Parshat Masei: Rabbi Fohrman addresses the age-old question, are we our brother's keeper?

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