Bo

warning falling on deaf ears

The opening pasuk of our sedra seems a bit strange at first glance. It reads ‘and HaShem said to Moshe ‘come to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants in order to place my signs/wonders in his midst.’’ HaShem is giving Moshe a reason…

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When mercy is cruel

The sedra opens with the ‘amira’ form of speech; which denotes a softer, calmer message. Why? The Ohr HaChaim gives two answers here. Firstly, he writes that this is to reflect the fact that Moshe was being sent to warn Pharaoh before the plague. Alternatively, he answers that even the…

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Bo

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Clutching at Straws

When warning Pharaoh (and his surrounding servants) about the forthcoming plague of the firstborns, Moshe announces that the plague is going to occur at ‘approximately midnight’ (‘kechatzos halayla’ 11:4). Why not say that the plague will occur at precisely midnight, as HaShem planned? (and the answer is not that Moshe…

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BO - LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES

 

 

 

Parshas Bo sees the culmination of the ten plagues which devestated Mitzrayim. However, Chazal tell us that during the Plague of Darkness, the Jewish people suffered terrible losses; Rashi cites the opinion that four fifths died and only one fifth remained#. The Mechilta that Rashi quotes actually…

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letotafos; why speak African? [tefillin]

At the end of Bo we are told about tefillin. They are to be 'as a sign on your arm and letotafos between your eyes' (13;16).

Rashi quotes that 'letotafos' means 'four' in African, and so the Torah is telling us that the tefillin shel rosh are to be made…

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Break a Leg Buddy

Sometimes, when you read the weekly Torah portion, you read about a certain mitzva we have and think 'what?!'

In this week's parsha, Bo, we find a couple of mitzvot just like that. We are given the commandment of the Korban Pesach, the Passover Sacrifice, which is a sheep…

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Parshas Bo - Why come to Pharoah?

It says in the first verse in this weeks sedra - "And Hashem said to Moshe, Come to paroh." Surely it would of mean more appropriate to say "go to paroh!" Why does the Torah use this terminology?

R' Menachem Mendel of Kotzk says that the term "Come…

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