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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Parsha and Manuscript: Yitro – ‘What did Yitro hear?’

MS. Canon. Or. 81, fol. 35 (1396).pngIn the Torah portion of Yitro, it discusses the journey of Yitro, father of law of Moses, from Midian to the desert and his conversion to belief in one G-d. It states:[1]

 

Now Moses' father in law, Jethro, the chieftain of Midian, heard all that G-d had done for Moses and for Israel, His people that the Lord had taken Israel out of Egypt. Now Moses' father in law, Jethro, and his [Moses'] sons and his wife came to Moses, to the desert where he was encamped, to the mountain of God…Moses told his father in law [about] all that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians on account of Israel, [and about] all the hardships that had befallen them on the way, and [that] the Lord had saved them. Jethro was happy about all the… Read More »

Yisro Rashi Manuscripts and early Printed Editions

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University of Leipzig Library B.H.1 

 

  

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MS. Oppenheim 34, fol. 38 (1201-25)

  

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MS. Oppenheim Add. 4° 188, fol. 63 (1301-1400)

 

 

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MS. Canon. Or. 81, fol. 35 (1396) 

 

 

 

MS. Michael 384, fol. 49 (1399).png

MS. Michael 384, fol. 49 (1399) 

 

 

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MS. Oppenheim 35, fol. 40 (1408) 

 

 

 

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MS. Canonici Or. 35, fol. 82 (1401-25) 

 

 

 

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Bomberg Mikraos Gedolos 1517

 

 

 


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Chumash Amsterdam 1680 

 

Parsha and Manuscript: B'shalach - ‘Why do you cry out to Me?’

Screen Shot 2020-02-07 at 03.51.33 pm.pngIn the Torah portion of B'shalach it discusses how the Jewish people left Egypt and were pursued by the Egyptians:[1] 'The Egyptians chased after them and overtook them encamped by the sea every horse of Pharaoh's chariots, his horsemen, and his force beside Pi hahiroth, in front of Ba'al Zephon.' The reaction of the Jewish people to this challenge was three fold: The Jewish people cried out to G-d, they complained to Moses and Moses cried out to G-d. 


The first response by the Jewish people to G-d is as follows:[2] 'Pharaoh drew near, and the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold! the Egyptians were advancing after them. They were very frightened, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.' The… Read More »

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