conception

Beshalach – Stages of Redemption

Why do the sons of Efraim try to leave Egypt thirty years early? Why is the verse which speaks of moshe taking Yosef’s bones out of sequence? Why is the depth of the idea of Moshe ‘grabbing a commandment?’ Why is there a double oath to take Yosef’s bones out of Egypt? Why does Yosef…

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Vayera – Formed Through Fire

Why does the Torah deem it important for us to hear the story of Sarah’s abduction? Why does it happen immediately before she conceives with Yitzchok? Why does the story repeat itself on two different occasions, and what is the significance of each? Why does intense good need to be preceded by intense challenge? Find…

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Tazria-Metzora – Beyond Process

Why does the Torah skip the process between conception and birth – why mention conception at all? Why is the concept of the seven days the mother is impure immediately followed by the concept of the eighth day of the bris? Why is the creation of Adam so relevant to this idea, and what is…

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Tazria – Later and Earlier

In describing the birth of a child and the circumcision on the eighth day, why does the Torah bother to tell us about the conception as well as the impurity of the mother for seven days following birth? What is the connection between this verse and the verse in psalms which speaks of God fashioning…

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