Friday, January 16, 2009

Parshas Shemos

So every blog is talking about the Gaza war in Israel, but whenever I see it in a blog I just skip over it. For some reason I just don’t have the interest in reading it. Same with news of all other major events. But yet I get the information by reading headlines, tweets, and status’s. I feel as though I really should have more interest in it, because I do care about what happens in Israel and to other Jews, I want them to be safe.

Something To Say:

But as much as they would afflict it, so it would increase and so it would spread out (1:12)

The Ohr HaChaim wonders why the pasuk uses the future tense here - “but as much as they would afflict”, rather than “but as much as they afflicted”. This indicates that the Jewish nation would be persecuted in the future, but that the outcome would be the same as in the verse: “So it would increase and so it would spread out”. The message is that regardless of who would afflict Israel, the persecution would never be devastating; in fact, the Jews would always emerge stronger than before.

So this is my contribution to posting about the Gaza war. A comforting post. In the end the Jews will win and come out stronger. Hashem takes care of it all, we will survive and succeed.

Parsha in the blogosphere:

Leora, last year discussed why Shemos is her daughter’s favorite Parsha, what “Ki Tov” means, and what the word “Suf” alludes to. This year she discusses Galus Mitzrayim and how the Parshas now shift from talking about individuals to talking about a group of people.

Shorty, discusses lessons on marriage we can learn from Parshas Shemos. How the woman took care of their husbands, and believed in Hashem by having children.

The Cool Jew, posts a video from G-Dcast on Parshas Shemos.

Yoni, Discusses Geula in Parshas Shemos, and how the Jews have to unite to bring Geula.


Leora said...

I do hope so. In this conflict, I do hope we will do better on the other end. However, the Holocaust was so devastating that I can't really say we came out of that one OK. I don't know answers, but I'm good at asking questions.

Thanks for the link to my parsha post.

Shabbat Shalom.

Shorty said...

Every day i pray for peace. I read the reports on Muqata
and i admit it makes me so very sad - not only because of the war itself which is obvious, but of the anti-semetic "aftermath" in the rest of the world.

I just keep praying.

thanks for linking me

Lion of Zion said...

echoing leora above, we've suffered so much (and not just during the holocaust) that i don't it find it much consolation to say that we emerge stronger. i wouldn't mind be a bit weaker but with being able to count so many kedoshim.

Lion of Zion said...

that should read:
i wouldn't mind being a bit weaker but without being able to count so many kedoshim.

nmf #7 said...

Even though you don't read news- do something in your own life, that way, this war will have something good come out of it. How about learning something of Torah? Or taking on something small in your own life?
And echoing LOZ- although we emerge stronger- there is a process to go through, and all of Klal Yisroel could use our tefillos right now.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Shorty: I can imagine people's antisemitic comments would be horrible. Praying is good. And Your welcome.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

oops, commented to fast.

Leora: True the Holocaust was devastating. I can't really explain it, but we did survive from it, and now there are many Jews. Although lives were lost, and we can't dismiss that.

Your Welcome!

Lion Of Zion: you have a point. But it could be we needed the punishment. I mean I can't really say anything, but just saying my own thoughts.

NMF#7: right, so I did sign up to say a few perek of Tehillim. Hopefully I can take on something and keep it.

Mrs. Lakewood Falling Down said...

You don't need all the grizzly detail but keep the soldiers in mind they are fighting for our yerusha and our brothers. Excellent to take on tehillim.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Mrs. Lakewood Falling Down: right, so I keep that in mind. And Thanx, I am trying.

Lion of Zion said...


"they are fighting for our yerusha and our brothers."

they are fighting for us also

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