Parshas Bo: Adam Schiff As A “Pharaoh”

We read “Bo” yesterday, in Exodus (10:1-13:16) In this portion “the [plague of the] death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land.”  https://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/3250/jewish/Bo-in-a-Nutshell.htm Actually the Pharoah keeps relenting and changing his mind. He is full of arrogance about his personal magicians - they can …

Parshas Shmot: Redemption for the God-Fearing

This week we begin the book of Exodus. The Torah portion is Shemot (translation: "names"). Torah Portion: Exodus 1:1 - 6:1 Supplemental reading - Ashkenazim: Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13; 29:22 - 29:23 Supplemental reading - Sephardim: Jeremiah 1:1 - 2:3 hebcal.com/sedrot/shemot Getting into it. A bit rusty. Okay, there is a lot of action here. …

Parshat Vayera: Evil Manufactures Consent Through Your Unconsciousness (11/16/2019)

There is a lot to talk about in this week's action-packed Torah portion. But I want to draw your attention to one incident in particular. Abraham's nephew Lot refuses the evil men of Sodom and Gomorrah entrance to his home. He knows they will rape his guests. The guests, who are really angels, convince Lot …

“Tzav: The Shrieks Of The Children,” March 23, 2019 (3/3/2019 Pt. 2 of 2)

1) Drowning Out The Shrieks Of The Children - The Abomination of the Shrines of Topheth #BibleStudyCoffeeTimeMarch 23, 2019Part 2 2) We have discussed that a battle is coming.See part 1 of today's thread, here. Thread by @DrDannielle: "1) This is only a respite. They still have an insurance policy. There is a final battle that lies …

“Tzav: The Aftermath Of Purim And The Final Battle,” March 23, 2019 (3/3/2019 Pt. 1 of 2)

1) This is only a respite.They still have an insurance policy.There is a final battle that lies ahead of us. It's BibleStudyCoffeeTime.Shabbos, March 23, 2019 2) Mahatma Gandhi (not a nice person IRL, I know) said:"God has no religion."And he was right. 3) But there definitely is a God, and the Bible is sacred to all monotheistic faiths, …

Pekudei: It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn (March 9, 2019)

Yesterday in synagogue we read --Exodus 38:21 - 40:38 --Kings I 7:51 - 8:21. The census, the Holy Tabernacle, and the Shechina (God's presence). The real Biblical census involves community members who 1) meet age criteria (20+) & 2) are counted by contribution. Exodus 38:26: "One bekka per head…half a shekel according to the holy …

Mishpatim: There’s No Escaping Due Process (February 3, 2019)

The Bible here is presenting the concept of slavery within a framework of law. This is important, because the Biblical approach to jurisprudence stands in stark contrast to the modern tendency toward rule-by-hysterically-offended-mob. Here is a classic example: "A new video shows a student at Yale University screaming at one of the school’s professors for …

Ki Tisa: God Created Evil To Give Us Free Will (February 24, 2019)

1) God allows evil to exist. But what is the source of its power?It’s #BibleStudy CoffeeTime.Sunday, February 24, 2019.2) (Bear with me - wifi issues.)3) OK. Here is a bit of backstory.4) My father was in a very bad car accident last week. His brand new car overturned on a quiet street - completely out of nowhere.Or …

Vayakhel: They Had To Take The Children (March 2, 2019)

1) To succeed in their mission, they had to take the children.We continue last night's thread. Our thesis comes from this week's Bible portion.#BibleStudyCoffeeTime March 3, 20192) Part I of this discussion can be found here.It's a thread about the script which appears to have been handed to some politicians.Long read, but worth it.Thread by @DrDannielle: "1) I am …

Yitro: Massive Justice Must Be Public (January 26, 2019)

1) Massive justice must be public.Today is January 26, 2019.#BibleStudyCoffeeTime2) Primary Torah reading: Exodus 18:1–20:23 - State of the Union (Moses Tells The People The Truth - Gives Them God's Ten Commandments)3) Supplemental Reading: Isaiah 6:1–13 - Prophecy of Sin, Exile, and Punishment Before The People Are Redeemed.4) Why is this Torah reading relevant to the general public right …