On Parshat Shmot: It’s up to YOU!

On Parshat Shmot: It’s up to YOU!

In this week’s parsha, Shmot, we witness the coming to power of a new Pharaoh who “did not know Joseph” and the subsequent enslavement of the Jewish people. It’s in this parsha that the baby Moshe is delivered out of harms way; placed and sealed into a tiny basket by his parents, Amram and Yocheved, and found by Pharaoh’s righteous daughter, Batya.

On Parshat Korach (Based on a Drash by R’ Yitzchok Snyder of Aliyos Yerushalayim)

On Parshat Korach (Based on a Drash by R’ Yitzchok Snyder of Aliyos Yerushalayim)

I felt that this week’s drash was especially relevant to the events taking place in the Jewish community today. In Korach, we witness the biggest threat to Moshe’s position of leadership–and to the future of the Jewish people. Korach leads a popular rebellion against the Moshe, the single most significant representative of the Jewish people we’ve even known.