Family, the language of redemption

Then you shall say to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, ‘Let my son go that he may serve me.’” Exodus 4:22 The story of redemption unfolds in the language of family. In the protracted struggle between God and Pharaoh that makes up the first half… Continue reading Family, the language of redemption

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Les Mis and mussar

Last week we saw the movie “Les Miserables,” and this week I’m reading Parashat Shemot, the first chapters of Exodus. They both shed light on the practice of order, which is one of the middot, or attributes, of mussar, Jewish ethical development (see rivertonmussar.org).The liberation of the Hebrew slaves is going to disrupt the order… Continue reading Les Mis and mussar