Bo 5781: Engaging with Emuna

Posted by Tovah Leah Nachmani on January 19, 2021
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Shemot (Exodus), Bo

Locusts, darkness and death descend upon Pharo’s kingdom. After 3 generations of anxiety and oppression, the Israelites finally walk out of Egypt. The Israelites are commanded to use ritual objects to remember those times. Following a miraculous event – or a traumatic experience – how do we engage with emuna? During the darkest days of the Holocaust, when Jewish texts were systematically destroyed along with human beings, why did one survivor insist on writing a sidur (prayer book), lest the world be left without one?

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Sources include Shemot 10:7, Shemot 13:18

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About Tovah Leah Nachmani

Tovah Leah Nachmani has been inspiring students for 25 years, teaching Torah with Commentaries, Hebrew, Prayer, and Relationships Intimacy. She also serves as a dedicated faculty advisor to students at Pardes. She received her Teaching Certification with excellence in Tanach and Jewish Thought from the Michlelet Herzog Seminary in Gush Etzion, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, with a degree in Religion and Near Eastern Language and Literature. Tovah Leah has written and guided experiential learning programs for decades, for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations. She is also a Holistic health practitioner, promoting physical and emotional health. Tovah Leah and her husband Gabi live in Gush Etzion, are the grateful parents of seven children and are the active, loving grandparents of many grandchildren.

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