This week features:
Stuck Inside of Egypt with the Memphis Blues Again
Beginning the Book of Exodus: Pharaoh’s Advisers and the Jewish Problem
It’s a brave new world as we begin the Book of Exodus and enter into the veritable heart of darkness of the Egyptian exile. In the blinking of an eye, Joseph and his amazing life-sustaining contributions to Egyptian society quickly turn to rust, and who was Joseph anyway? The “new” Pharaoh never even heard of him, and his only concern is what to do about his ever-increasing Jewish problem. Pharaoh summoned his advisers and the first Wannsee Conference took place with the participation of Job, Bilaam and Yitro. In this week’s edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman contemplate the lessons of our history and consider our present – and future – in the light of the first Torah reading of the Book of Exodus.