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Love, Enemies and Evil: Beshalakh Text Study

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  In this text study for Parashat Beshalakh, Rabbi Toba Spitzer examines the fate of the Egyptians at the Red Sea and our tradition's ethical sensitivity to their plight.

Rabbi, Congregation Dorshei Tzedek (Newton, MA)

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