Shemot 5781: Moshe’s Choice

Posted by Michael Hattin on January 3, 2021
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Shemot, Torah, Shemot (Exodus)

This week’s parasha introduces us to Moshe, the future liberator of Israel. A fanciful Midrash reconstructs his childhood, as baby Moshe is placed in a fateful situation and must childishly make a choice. As we shall see, the Midrash not only draws upon provocative Biblical precedents but also provides a reading that has profound implications for us.

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Michael teaches Bible and Halakha at Pardes. He holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He teaches Chumash and Prophets as well as Halakha at the Pardes Institute. For many years Michael authored the weekly online publications Introduction to Parasha and Lessons on Prophets for the Virtual Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Har Etzion, reaching a combined readership of several thousand. Click here to read more.

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