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Exodus

Simchat Torah – Zot HaBracha (This is the Blessing) – Deuteronomy 33-34
On: Sep 9, 2013
By: Kim Troup

The final verses of the Torah are truly moving and have always spoken to me in a very personal way. Moses dies and is buried by G-d somewhere in the Land of Moab where no one knows his grave site. This was very important, so that no one would turn his grave site into a shrine. Moses was a great man, but a man who was G-d’s messenger. He was not
G-d and it was important that no one would ever worship him as such.

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Passover – Exodus 33 – 34
On: Feb 24, 2012
By: Kim Troup

Parents are encouraged to do whatever they need to do to arouse their children’s curiosity. In some cases, they dress up as the ancient Israelites with a sack and a stick, and they march around the table until the children question this bizarre behavior. And then, the parents can respond, while quoting Scripture, how their forefathers left Egypt in a hurry, “their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.”

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Tezave (You Shall Command) – Exodus 27:20 – 30:10
On: Feb 1, 2012
By: Kim Troup

This week’s portion begins with the end of Exodus chapter 27 and includes the instructions for Aaron and their priests in their worship roles — their clothes, the sanctification process they will go through, and some instruction regarding the altar, the incense altar and the “tent of meeting.” It is the instruction with regard to this “tent” that I would like to focus on this week.

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Trumah (Offering) – Exodus 25:1 – 27:19
On: Feb 1, 2012
By: Kim Troup

G-d does not need our worship. He does not need for us to build Him a house. G-d wants us to build that house so that it can be an effective tool for us to come close to G-d. May we never lose our ability to distinguish between the medium and the ultimate goal, between the vehicles of our faith and faith itself.

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Mishpatim (Laws) – Exodus 21:1 – 24:18
On: Feb 1, 2012
By: Kim Troup

This week’s portion begins with Chapter 21 of the Book of Exodus. It is a portion full of laws, pertaining primarily to the ethical standards of behavior that a Jew must follow, but which actually form the basis of so much of what has become known as Judeo-Christian law and ethics.

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Yitro (Jethro) – Exodus 18:1 – 20:23
On: Feb 1, 2012
By: Kim Troup

This week’s portion begins with Jethro’s historic visit to the Children of Israel in the desert. The story begins in Exodus Chapter 18: “And Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’s father-in-law, heard of all that G-d did to Moses and to his nation Israel, that He brought Israel out of Egypt.”

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