Messianic Lite: Yitro, “Jethro”

This week’s Torah portion covers Exodus 18:1 to 20:23. Pharaoh has let the Israelites go. They are encamped opposite Mount Sinai, eating manna and quail. They are entering their seventh week of freedom. God is about to call them into covenant and appoint them as a...

Messianic Lite: Bo, “Come”

This week’s Torah portion covers Exodus 10:1 to 13:6. The last three of the ten plagues descend on Egypt: locusts devour the crops, impenetrable darkness shrouds the land, and finally the firstborns of every Egyptian family are killed during the night. On the night of...

Messianic Lite: Shemot, “Names”

This week’s Torah portion covers Exodus 1:1 to 6:1. This parashah is called Shemot which in Hebrew means “names.” Exodus begins with a pharaoh who “knew not Joseph” coming into power. The first words out of the new pharaoh’s mouth are “Look, the Israelites have become...