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Shemot Twenty-Four: Going Up The Mountain

God speaks to Moses, and says, “Come up to the Lord, you, and Aaron, Nadav, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and you worship afar off; and Moses alone shall come near to the Lord; but they shall not come near; neither shall the people go up with him (Exodus 24:1-2).” God is setting up a chain of command amongst the Israelites. 374 more words


Shemot Twenty-Three: Agricultural Holidays

The list of laws continues, with further regulations that seem to ultimately be concerned with what it means to be a good human being. While one would hope that the majority of these things would be innate and stem from common sense, having them canonized like this demonstrates the importance of just and moral conduct in Tanakh. 478 more words


Shemot Twenty-Two: Interactions Between Men

The rules continue. We learn about punishments for thieves, for the destruction of fields by animals or fire, and what happens if something happens to a man’s property that he has lent to another man. 368 more words


Shemot Twenty-One: An Eye for an Eye

Having received the ten commandments, the people are now given more rules that they must follow. The chapter begins with regulations about personal slaves. I find it interesting that this is being discussed so soon… 476 more words


Parashat Tzav 5774 - Holiness and Distinction

אֶת אַהֲרֹן וְאֶת בָּנָיו

Parashat Tzav can be split neatly into two parts. Chapters 6 and 7 of Sefer Vayikra are essentially a restatement of the first five chapters, but from a different perspective and a different goal. 1,379 more words


Shemot Twenty: 10 Commandments

Mount Sinai is full of fire and smoke and thunder and lightning, and now, God begins to speak to the people. The words that He chooses to say to them are the ten commandments. 337 more words


Shemot Nineteen: A Holy Nation

Moses has taken Jethro’s advice, but now he seems to be out of the picture. Instead, the people leave Rephidim and come to Sinai, where they camp before the mountain. 438 more words