A ‘Bissel’ of Torah: Parsha BO

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant This week’s Torah Parsha (BO) continues with the story of Exodus. God had already inflicted seven devastating plagues on Egypt, subsequent to the Pharaoh’s perpetual denial to free the enslaved Israelites. In Parsha (BO), it becomes apparent that from the very first time that God approached Moses (behind the […]

A ‘BISSEL OF TORAH: SHEMOT (EXODUS 1:1-6:1)

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant   The opening chapters of Exodus plunge us into a midst of epic events. Moses passes from Prince of Egypt; to Midianite shepherd; to leader of the Israelites.   The narrative begins with a new Pharaoh of Egypt, “who did not know of Joseph” (1). However, the descendants of […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: VAYISHLACH (GENESIS 32:4-36:9)

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant In last week’s Parsha (VAYEITZEI), we read the convoluted and multifarious twenty years, which Jacob experienced, while living with his Uncle Laban. In Parsha (VAYISHLACH), with immense trepidation, Jacob follows God’s orders to return to his birthplace, in Canaan. He is terrified of the inevitable encounter with his brother, […]