This week features:
Moses, the Mikveh, & the Amazing Sapphire Staff: A Midrash
G-d to Egypt & the Leaders of the World: It’s My Party, Ready or Not Here I Come
In this remarkable edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explore the vast dimensions of Parashat Bo, including the justice brought upon Egypt and the concept of Rosh Chodesh Nisan, and seamlessly apply these cosmic themes to our contemporary scene. In a brilliant literary stroke, they also invoke the great Hemingway and borrow his oft-quoted line, “the past isn’t dead – it’s not even past” to underscore the reality of this week’s Torah reading. There’s only one thing to add: it wasn’t Hemingway who said that, it was Faulkner. Oh well, if it’s not even past, then the misquote didn’t happen yet! This conundrum leads to endless possibilities in the space/time continuum. Our apologies to both gentlemen.
The Torah records that Moshe utilized his staff to bring about the plagues in Egypt. In an amazing analysis of some tantalizing Midrashim, our hosts discover that this was no magic wand or prop, but rather, a signal that evokes a life-changing lesson for us today, and an insight into the dynamic reality of G-d himself. This week’s Temple Talk is a collector’s item!