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We call him Jethro, but his Hebrew name is Yitro. Its root is probably from Yeter, which Joan Comay, in her classic Who’s Who in the Old Testament, translates as “excellence”. Presumably, she is referring to Jacob’s use of the ...

Posted on 27 January 2016, By Nahum Gordon

In today’s portion we read about the crossing of the Sea of Reeds, which concludes with “Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all of the women went out after her in dance with timbrels....

Posted on 20 January 2016, By Rabbi Reuven Hammer

Bo was my Bar Mitzvah parashah. But at the time, I didn’t realise what a great parashah it is. I remember giving a short d’var Torah on the Friday night where I talked about why God said ‘come to Pharaoh’, rather t...

Posted on 13 January 2016, By Matthew Anisfeld