Parsha Thought – Va’era

How many times have you or someone you know pledged to read your Bible more or pray more if God would help you out in this one instance? If we’re honest with ourselves, we can all think back to a time like that, even if it was early in our childhood. In times of desperation, when we have nothing else to fall back on, why not reach out to God? Were you able to stick with your promise or was it akin to most New Year’s resolutions and quickly forgotten because you weren’t really prepared to follow through? It sounds like we’ve all got a little bit of Pharaoh in us.

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Parsha Thought – Vayeilech

The Torah isn’t a simple story; a chronological history of a chosen people that ends when the book of Devarim/Deuteronomy does. Instead, this week’s parsha begins a new cycle of events. Moshe announces his soon approaching death, he and Elohim encourage and charge Yehoshua and Elohim warns them of Israel’s future waywardness.

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Parsha Thought – Eikev

Let’s stop and examine the opening words of this week’s Parsha. “It shall come to pass when…” V’haya eikev. Another way to translate that would be to say, “It will come into existence as a result of.” Based on the sentence structure so far we can expect that what is about to follow would be a conditional clause, like an if/then situation. But does that fit with our perception of who HaShem is?

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