This week we begin a new book–Shemot or “names.” It makes much more sense to call the book “Exodus” since most of the book describes the process of the Jewish people going from slavery to freedom–their struggle to leave Egypt and come to the Promised land. In this podcast, Rabbi Schweiger examines the significance of names in shaping identity and creating relationships among people and between people and God. Rabbi Schweiger discusses how names are at the very core of the redemption process.
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A special programming note: This is the 800th podcast episode for Pardes from Jerusalem with a special introduction from Pardes’s President Rabbi Leon Morris. The podcast has been recorded each week since 2007. Thank you to the Pardes faculty for their d’vrai Torah, and to Larry Kluger for starting the podcast with the Pardes faculty. Plus a special thank you to you, our listeners from around the world. Rabbi Meir Schweiger has dedicated this podcast to the memory of his mother, Esther bat Meir v’Roje.
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About Meir Schweiger
Meir teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir came on aliya in 1972 from “the Bronx”, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion.Click here to read more.