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Want to merit entering the Land of Israel? Refrain from charging interest!

Keeping the prohibition on taking interest from one's fellow Jew is relying on the God who took us out of Egypt to bring us sustenance.

Want to merit entering the Land of Israel? There are conditions!

A Progressive Passover

At Passover time, agitators for a State of Palestine feel compelled to act Moses, paraleling the Exodus with the Two State Delusion. .Op-ed.

A Progressive Passover

The Revolution of all Revolutions

The Exodus from Egypt constitutes a revolution in the concept of reality.

The Revolution of all Revolutions

An instant Salvation? Leaving Egypt was a process

A successful businessman once said that it takes years to become an overnight success, and the Exodus was no different. Op-ed.

An instant Salvation? Leaving Egypt was a process

Shabbat Ha-Gadol: Redemption then, redemption now

Shabbat ha-Gadol, “the Great Shabbat” before Pesach, commemorates our final Shabbat in Egypt, 3,334 years ago, five days before the Exodus.

Shabbat Ha-Gadol:  Redemption then, redemption now

Purim to Passover: G-d's love for His People and His Land

If the ten days from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur are Days of Awe,I would posit that the days from Purim to Passover are Days of Love.

Purim to Passover: G-d's love for His People and His Land

I know my ancestors were freed from Egyptian slavery

I did not need the amulet found on Har Eival to strengthen my faith. My proof is the fact of generations of believers since Mount Sinai.

I know my ancestors were freed from Egyptian slavery

Cloud by day, fire by night

The Israelites were protected as they fled Egypt. Was this a message for the future as well?

Cloud by day, fire by night

Telling the Story

Macintyre: “I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story.. do I find myself a part?’”

Telling the Story

Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin

Rabbi Kook:We bind these memories of G-d's role in history to our hand, heart, and mind, and transform our coarse nature to a holy one.'

Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin

Pharaoh at the point of no return

Sometimes the present is predetermined by things done in the past.

Pharaoh at the point of no return

Free will and freedom

Enslaving others, Pharaoh himself became enslaved. He became a prisoner of the values he himself had espoused.

Free will and freedom

When Hashem spoke harshly to Moshe

Hashem laments the departure of the Avot, rebuking Moshe for his words.

When Hashem spoke harshly to Moshe

A Zionist paradigm shift

This week's parasha holds the key to understanding practically all of Jewish History in the past 120 years.

A Zionist paradigm shift

Vaera: Realize your worst fears

There is another, and much more profound, meaning to the words 'realize your worst fears' than the obvious one.

Vaera: Realize your worst fears

Magic makers

Why was it worth God’s while to produce the effects which the sorcerers could duplicate?.

Magic makers

Are we missing out on life's greatest opportunities?

Can the temporary silence the historic?

Are we missing out on life's greatest opportunities?

The pivotal role of women in the development of our nation

As the Jewish nation emerged from a family, and families are the bedrock of society, it is clearly the women who are of supreme importance.

The pivotal role of women in the development of our nation

American politicians can learn from The Book Of Exodus

Today the people of America are slaves to political pettiness.Opinion.

American politicians can learn from The Book Of Exodus

Are we missing out on life's greatest opportunities?

Can the temporary silence the historic?

Are we missing out on life's greatest opportunities?

The more things change..

Pharaoh's words are mirrored by every paranoid Jew hating ruler ever since - and there have been, and still are, many.

The more things change..

The Exodus 1947: How It became Israel’s first Ship of State

74 years ago, on July 11th, loaded with Holocaust survivors, the Exodus 1947 left France for the Holy Land- But the British attacked. Op-ed.

The Exodus 1947: How It became Israel’s first Ship of State

Passover and the Seuda of Mashiach

The Baal Shem Tov: The first days of Pesach celebrate the Exodus but during the last days of Pesach we anticipate the coming of Mashiach.

Passover and the Seuda of Mashiach

Will the Exodus story be the next victim of cancel culture?

Cancel culture's historical homicide has rendered the Exodus obsolete because in its eyes, Jews are innately privileged whites. Op-ed.

Will the Exodus story be the next victim of cancel culture?

Lockdown thoughts: National stability begins at home

At the moment of our liberation, G-d says to Moshe that he should tell all the people to enter their homes Like we are doing now.

Lockdown thoughts: National stability begins at home

What had the Israelites to gain from finding grace in Egyptian eyes?

Finding grace in Egyptian eyes was no less a miracle than the plagues. What does it signify?

What had Israel to gain from finding grace in Egyptian eyes?player

Bo: The Passover leap

Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: The paschal lamb was a spiritual leap, but not everyone could partake of it.

 Bo: The Passover leap

The great joy of an 'evil son'

Verse used when Moshe promises the Jews that they will have children born in Israel is same used in Haggada in context of the evil son.

The great joy of an 'evil son'

The Great Joy of an "Evil Son"

The verse used when Moses promises the nation that children that will be born to them is the same used in the Haggadah for the evil son.

The Great Joy of an "Evil Son"

A great nation looks for great answers

​​​​​​​The Jews were not freed from Egypt merely to become a nation, and not just to establish a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.

A great nation looks for great answers

The most comfortable exile ever - what could possibly go wrong?

Is it prescient that the Torah readings during this stormy period in the USA are about the change in Egypt's attitude towards the Jews?

The most comfortable exile ever - what could possibly go wrong?

The choices we are forced to make

Think about it: The Land of Israel, the exodus circumcision, the Torah, life, and the food we eat were all forced upon us by Hashem.

The choices we are forced to make

The Daily Portion, Ki Tavo / Not to be ungrateful

With our entrance into the Land of Israel - and today with our return - we must live with the continuous consciousness of God's goodness.

The Daily Portion, Ki Tavo / Not to be ungrateful

Early indications

Moses admonishes the people in Dvarim, not for the serious sins of the spies and the golden calf, but for flaws rooted in ego. Op-ed.

Early indications

Coronavirus: Love and kindness is the solution

Rabbi Yitzchak Botton looks to the period of the Exodus from Egypt to provide insight into what we can learn from COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Love and kindness is the solutionplayer

Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2020

Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2020

Passover interlude: The Exodus, a story beyond belief

Many people today struggle with questions of historicity, meaning – did the Exodus really happen? Here is the answer for them.

Passover interlude: The Exodus, a story beyond beliefplayer

We find ourselves in a new kind of Egypt - who will lead us to safety?

We find ourselves in a new kind of Egypt - who will lead us to safety?

Book of Exodus: The name is 'Names'

Why is the book of Exodus called 'Shemot' - 'Names' - in Hebrew? Rabbi Yitzchak Botton explains the deeper message hidden in the title.

Book of Exodus: The name is 'Names'player

Kabbalah Concepts: Passover and the splitting of the Red Sea

Ahead of Passover, Rabbi Yitzchak Botton shares insights on the Exodus. 'When you go 100% with Hashem, Hashem is 100% percent with you.'

Kabbalah Concepts: Passover and the splitting of the Red Seaplayer