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Chumash Themes #1: Introduction to the Bible

Chumash Themes #1: Introduction to the Bible

Understanding the origins and purpose of the Five Books of Moses.

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Chumash Themes #2: The Purpose of Creation

Chumash Themes #2: The Purpose of Creation

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God created a world in need of perfecting.

Chumash Themes #3: In the Garden of Eden

Chumash Themes #3: In the Garden of Eden

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Reconstructing the drama of the tree and the snake.

Chumash Themes #4: Noah’s Flood

Chumash Themes #4: Noah’s Flood

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Unraveling the cause of the Flood, and Noah’s preeminent role.

Chumash Themes #5: God’s Covenant with Abraham

Chumash Themes #5: God’s Covenant with Abraham

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The forging of an eternal, immutable contract.

Chumash Themes #6: The Binding of Isaac

Chumash Themes #6: The Binding of Isaac

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A seminal event in Jewish national consciousness.

Chumash Themes #7: The Jacob-Esav Rivalry

Chumash Themes #7: The Jacob-Esav Rivalry

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The physical-spiritual balance of power.

Chumash Themes #8: The Story of Joseph

Chumash Themes #8: The Story of Joseph

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Sold by his brothers into slavery, Joseph rises to great heights.

Chumash Themes #9: Moses: Prophet and Leader

Chumash Themes #9: Moses: Prophet and Leader

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Understanding the early choices that molded Moses into the giant he was.

Chumash Themes #10: The Ten Plagues

Chumash Themes #10: The Ten Plagues

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Unique lessons for Egyptians and Jews.

Chumash Themes #11: Splitting of the Sea

Chumash Themes #11: Splitting of the Sea

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Jews go through on dry land, while the Egyptians drown.

Chumash Themes #12: The Ten Commandments

Chumash Themes #12: The Ten Commandments

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Exploring the earth-shattering events at Mount Sinai.

Chumash Themes #13: The Golden Calf

Chumash Themes #13: The Golden Calf

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How could the Jews seem to forget God so quickly?

Chumash Themes #14: The Tabernacle

Chumash Themes #14: The Tabernacle

Understanding why four full parshas are devoted exclusively to this topic.

Chumash Themes #15: Understanding Korbanot

Chumash Themes #15: Understanding Korbanot

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Does God need our sacrifices?

Chumash Themes #16: Pursuing Holiness & Love Your Neighbor

Chumash Themes #16: Pursuing Holiness & Love Your Neighbor

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The entire nation gathers to hear about holiness.

Chumash Themes #17: The Jewish Festivals

Chumash Themes #17: The Jewish Festivals

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Unraveling the annual celebration cycle.

Chumash Themes #18: Sin of the Spies

Chumash Themes #18: Sin of the Spies

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In Israel, the only option is to turn our eyes to the sky.

Chumash Themes #19: Korach's Rebellion

Chumash Themes #19: Korach's Rebellion

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The secret behind the great rebellion against Moses.

Chumash Themes #20: The Balak-Bilam Duo

Chumash Themes #20: The Balak-Bilam Duo

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Uses and abuses of the holy power of speech.

Chumash Themes #21: Wars of the Jews

Chumash Themes #21: Wars of the Jews

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The Torah innovation of “battlefield ethics.”

Chumash Themes #22: Tochacha and Teshuva

Chumash Themes #22: Tochacha and Teshuva

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We all face a personal choice with world-resounding implications.

Chumash Themes #23: Transition of Leadership: Moses to Joshua

Chumash Themes #23: Transition of Leadership: Moses to Joshua

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A Jewish leader must combine bold initiative, with a deep sense of humility.