The story of the Golden Calf is a story of the dangers of acting out of fear. Our fears can bring out the worst in us, but they can also impel us to be our best. We quote the research of Dr. Kelly McGonigal about stress and wellness.
Have you been wearing sweatpants for the last 362 days? This week's parashah tells us how the ancient priests used to dress - with a lesson about ourselves, our clothing, spiritual lives, and our communities during Covid.
The Torah says that the Israelites took the long route through the wilderness to the Promised Land. A perfect metaphor for our own journeys.
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This week's parashah tells us that God "hardened Pharaoh's heart." It sounds like either a fairy tail or a weird/problematic rejection of free will. But it's actually a lesson about open-mindedness and what it takes to be our best selves.
Shout out to President Joe Biden, who quoted this portion in his inaugural address.
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The Torah says that the Israelite slaves couldn't even conceive of the possibility of freedom. How did Moses help them believe things could be better? What can we learn from this for our own "narrow places" in life?
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