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Bo: The Sign is Coming ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

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Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is a known scholar, respected author, and long-time member of the Kollel of Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem. Reuven Chaim lives with his family in Beitar Illit, Israel.
Reuven Chaims' articles also appear weekly on ohr.edu and on https://ohr.edu/this_week/whats_in_a_word/ and in the Jewish Press.

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Reuven Chaim Klein

In Parshat Bo there are three signs: The plagues in Egypt are called a “sign” (Ex. 10:1-2), the blood which the Jews were supposed to place their doorpost was called a “sign” (Ex. 12:13), and the tefillin which the Jews are supposed to wear is called a “sign” (Ex. 12:9; 12:16). The Hebrew word for “sign” in all of … Continue reading Bo: The Sign is Coming ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Bo: I Desire it ‘Na’ Now, Even Half-Baked ~ Yehoshua Steinberg

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Yehoshua (Jeremy) Steinberg is the Founding Director and Editor-in-chief of Veromemanu and it' website BiblicalHebrewEtymology.com.

Yehoshua is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain and currently lives in Israel with his wife and children.

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Yehoshua (Jeremy) Steinberg

Article summary: The word נא appears in Parashat Bo four times, with arguably three disparate meanings. Yet, Rashi comments "the word נא always means please" – a phrase he repeats no less than nine times in his commentary on the Pentateuch. On the other side of the spectrum, Onkelus consistently translates this word as "now," a word wholly unrelated to "please" at first blush. The key to understanding this word may ironically lie in a third seemingly unrelated meaning of the term, found in all of Scripture only in our Parashah: "raw," used in connection with the laws of the Passover sacrifice. In any case, this article seeks to plumb the depths of this mysterious word.

Bo: The Holiday of Freedom ~ Tzvi Abrahams

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Rabbi Tzvi Abrahams was raised in The United Kingdom, and emigrated to Israel where he received his Rabbinical ordination. He recently published the book Root Connections In The Torah, and lectures on the beautiful connections of Biblical Hebrew root words. Tzvi lives in Zichron Yaakov, Israel with his wife, children and their friendly dog.

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Tzvi Abrahams

בֹּא The holiday of freedomחַגָא דְפַטִירַיָא פֶּטֶר רֶחֶם: The firstborn issue from the wombפְּטוּר: Exemptionפָּטוּר:Freeנִפְטָר: Departedלְהִפָּטֵר: To departמַפְטִיר:Maftirהַפְטָרָה: Haftorahפַּטְרוֹן: Patronפִּטרִיוֹת: Mushrooms פֶּטֶר רֶחֶםקַדֶּשׁ לִי כָל בְּכוֹר פֶּטֶר כָּל רֶחֶם בִּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בָּאָדָם וּבַבְּהֵמָה לִי הוּא1Sanctify to me every firstborn that opens every womb in the Bnei Yisrael, whether it be in man or animal, it is mine.  … Continue reading Bo: The Holiday of Freedom ~ Tzvi Abrahams

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