Pharaoh
Antisemitism Then and Now

Antisemitism Then and Now

The first case of antisemitism is recorded in the beginning of Exodus. Pharaoh is terrified that the Children of Israel, quickly turning from a clan into a nation, will join with a foreign enemy and turn on their Egyptian hosts. Rabbi...

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Who was the Pharaoh of the Exodus?

Who was the Pharaoh of the Exodus?

There are several Pharaohs mentioned in the Torah. The first contact with an Egyptian ruler described in the Bible takes place when Abraham goes to Egypt to escape a famine (Genesis 12). But the influence of the Egyptian monarchs in the...

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Joseph: the master of dreams

Joseph: the master of dreams

Joseph has been called the biblical King of Dreams. Truly, Genesis relates three pairs of dreams that changed his life and guided his destiny while also affecting the fates of the Children of Israel and Egypt.  The first two dreams came...

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Why Aaron’s staff turned into a serpent

Why Aaron’s staff turned into a serpent

In this verse, God commands Moses and Aaron to confront Pharaoh and demand that he let the Children of Israel leave Egypt. He warns them that Pharaoh will tell them to perform a sign in order to prove that they were indeed sent by God....

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Weekly Torah Portion: The Wisdom of Miriam

The first portion of the Book of Exodus is one of transformation – the children of Israel, the family of Jacob, become the "Hebrews" and the Children of Israel, with a national focus. The family of Amram and Yocheved become the first...

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