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The World Was Created for Me

A census report makes for difficult reading. Working through the details of tribal and family tallies can be an exercise in monotony, but Rashi found a sweet message about God’s love underlying the dry census data. He explained that God enjoyed counting the Israelites because of his […]

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Blood on the Doorposts

Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. (Exodus 12:7) Moses commanded the children of Israel to mark their homes with the blood of the Passover lambs. They […]

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Obedience and Sacrifice

What gift can you get for the Almighty? It’s hard to shop for a God who has everything. The Hebrew word for sacrifice, korban, could be translated as “something brought near,” or to put it another way, it could be translated as “gift.” The Israelites were to […]

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