The Exodus from Egypt: The Never-Ending Story

By Batya Hefter Stories in the Torah are powerful because they resonate within us on multiple levels. On the face of it, the redemption from Egypt is a narrative of national emancipation from slavery. However, if we look carefully, we will learn that the story is...

Tetzaveh: You Are What You Wear

By: Batya Hefter “These are the vestments that they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a knitted tunic, a turban and a sash” (Shemot 28:4). Upon reading the list of Aharon HaKohen’s holy garments, one can’t but notice that the most significant article is...

Vayakhel: Seeing with the Heart

by: Batya Hefter “Moshe said to the children of Israel, ‘See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Yehuda, and he has filled him with the spirit of God – in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and with...

Vaera: The Long and Winding Road to Redemption

By: Batya Hefter Parshat Shmot ends with Moshe finally accepting his responsibility to redeem Israel from the tyranny of Pharaoh. Events do not unfold as he had anticipated and he is in terrible distress. Not only has Moshe been unsuccessful to redeem the people, but...