BELIEFS & PRACTICES
The Hebrew word for “life” Is also connected to the number 18.
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WORD OF THE DAY
Pronounced GUH-own, this Hebrew word literally means “genius” and is a title applied to the most illustrious Jewish scholars — perhaps most famously the Vilna Gaon, who lived in Lituhuania in the 18th century.
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION
Exodus 1:1 – 6:1
In this Torah portion, the new Pharaoh does not remember Joseph, and makes the Israelites his slaves. Pharaoh then demands that all Israelite baby boys be killed at birth. Moses’ mother puts her son in a basket in the river, and he is saved by Pharaoh’s daughter. As an adult, Moses kills an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating an Israelite slave. Moses flees to Midian and marries Zipporah. God appears before Moses in a burning bush and tells him to free the Israelites from slavery. An apprehensive Moses returns to Egypt, where he and his brother Aaron demand that Pharaoh free the Israelite slaves. Pharaoh refuses, and God promises to punish him.
Moses’ excuses at the burning bush parallel three great human fears.