Parsha Stories: Keep up with the weekly Parsha with Rabbi Ravid Tilles
Parsha Stories (Sefer Shemot-Yitro)
Keep up with the weekly parsha with Rabbi Ravid Tilles! Now that B’nai Yisrael is absolutely free from Egypt, Moshe’s father-in-law, Yitro, instructs him to delegate responsibility to other leaders, so that Moshe can live a more balanced life. In order for that to happen, the word of God must be written down and transmitted through the Torah. So God and Moshe gather the people at the base of Har Sinai and, in one of the most dramatic and intense moments described in the Torah, God reveals the Aseret Ha’Dibrot (the Ten Commandments) to all of B’nai Yisrael.
Parsha Stories (Sefer Shemot-B’Shalach)
Keep up with the weekly parsha with Rabbi Ravid Tilles! After the final plague, B’nai Yisrael is ready to start their journey to Eretz Yisrael but have one final hurdle to overcome. God commands Moshe to bring B’nai Yisrael “the long way,” which means that they are stopped by the massive Yam Suf (Sea of Reeds). Meanwhile, Pharaoh leads his entire army to chase the Israelites to recapture them, which brings about two extraordinary miracles including the splitting of the sea. By the end, B’nai Yisrael fully has the Egyptians in their rear-view mirror.
Parsha Stories (Sefer Shemot-Bo)
Keep up with the weekly parsha with Rabbi Ravid Tilles! The final three plagues prove to be enough to break Pharaoh's stubborn spirit as the Israelites leave Egypt on their journey to freedom and redemption. Before they can be freed, the Israelites must show their faith in God by slaughtering a lamb and practicing the first ever Passover Seder. The parsha ends with the beginning of their journey out of Egypt but, as we will see, their adventure is far from over.
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Parsha Stories (Sefer Shemot-Vaera)
Keep up with the weekly parsha with Rabbi Ravid Tilles! The war between God and Pharaoh, with Moshe as the emissary, becomes more destructive with the first seven plagues. Moshe and B'nai Yisrael struggle to maintain faith, though they are awed by God's wonders and miracles. The promise of a much darker future for Egypt emerges.
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Parsha Stories (Sefer Shemot-Shemot)
Keep up with the weekly parsha with Rabbi Ravid Tilles! This new book of the Torah (with a new theme song!) begins with a new pharaoh as king of Egypt. This new pharaoh enslaves B’nai Yisrael, embittering their lives. Thanks to the bravery of Shifra, Puah, Yochevet, Miriam and Bat-Pharaoh, Moshe is born and protected, so that he can grow up and free the people from their slavery. At the end of the parsha, God calls to Moshe at the (non)Burning Bush, and the stage is set for the eventual redemption.
Parsha Stories (Sefer Bereisheit-Va'Yehi)
Keep up with the weekly parsha with Rabbi Ravid Tilles! In this episode, Sefer Bereishit ends with the deaths of Yakov and Yosef. But, before they die, they have final messages for their children and grandchildren. Yakov’s wishes to have his body returned to Canaan are realized with great fidelity, while Yosef’s bones remain in an Egyptian tomb—foreshadowing a diminishing relationship with Egypt. Hazak Hazak V’Nithazek.
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