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  • Christian Bale’s Moses in ‘Exodus’: Insecure? Schizophrenic?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 11, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Christian Bale’s reputation for being mercurial and intense in years past is well known, but during a recent telephone conversation, the 40-year-old actor proved to be thoughtful, even modest, as he described tackling the monumental role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic,...

  • Why it’s not about Ferguson

    August 27, 2014 | 11:28 am

    The Jewish community should be engaged and enraged over what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., and the long-standing racial discrimination in America that Ferguson has thrust into the spotlight. But the current news cycle will inevitably end, and we will either be an allied force for...

  • From Pharaoh to Freud: The Bible’s Ultimate Id

    By Jared Sichel

    April 17, 2014 | 10:23 am

    It's up there in the annals of stupidity.

    God had just undone Egyptian society with 10 devastating plagues, striking at the heart of Egypt's various nature gods. Water turned to blood. Animals turned against humans. Light stopped working. Pharaoh's Egyptian experiment, for all...

  • Becoming a parent: Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17)

    November 26, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    Joseph, the once-favored child of Jacob, rises up from slave and prisoner to become Pharaoh’s right hand. He assumes responsibility for a far-reaching 14-year business plan to ensure that after seven years of plenty, Egypt would be prepared to endure the seven years of famine. Once...

  • Mandela/Moses

    By Rob Eshman

    June 26, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    The one fact that continues to astonish me about Nelson Mandela is this: He studied Afrikaans in prison.

    It was the language of the wardens. It was the language of the people who ruled South Africa as a minority and instituted apartheid to deprive the majority black population of...

  • Spain wants us back

    March 20, 2013 | 10:19 am

    The Spanish government recently announced that it will offer instant citizenship to any Jew of Spanish descent whose ancestors were expelled in 1492.  A few months ago, a senior Egyptian official invited all the Jews who were expelled by Nasser to return to the country.   What’s...

  • Passover Rhapsody - A Jewish Rock Opera

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 5, 2012 | 1:49 pm

  • Israelis wonder: better a bird in the hand?

    By Uri Dromi

    February 16, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    In the midst of so many uncertainties dumped on us by the dramatic demise of the Mubarak regime, one solid, crystal-clear fact emerges: The “experts” don’t know what they are talking about.

    The same people who now sit in television studios explaining to us what is happening in...

  • Better safe than sorry

    By Rabbi Dan Shevitz

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    It is late in the game for Pharaoh. Mitzrayim has just endured the penultimate plague: Dark. Pharaoh now knows he has little time left: It is, for him, the bottom of the ninth.

    He summons Moshe, as he has done so many times before, and for the first time conducts an earnest...

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    By Abby Gilad

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Portion of Parshat Va'yera

    This week, Moses begins the job of freeing the Israelites in earnest. He has already approached Pharoah and asked for the release of his people, but Pharaoh does not listen. He approaches Pharaoh again and warns him about the plagues, but Pharaoh...

  • Benefit of Doubt

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Want to be a partner in redemption? Then don't overlook a surprising message in this week's parsha.

    As Pharaoh and his chariots bear down upon the Israelites on the bank of the Sea of Reeds, the Israelites react in two seemingly contradictory ways. First, they cry out to God. After...