Friday, December 24, 2010

Shemos - Moshe and names

What is the significance of the fact that this book is called Shemos - 'Names?' What is the significance of the numerous mention of names in the parsha - the names of Hashem, the names of the tribes, the name of Moshe? What is the significance of the fact that Moshe was named after the fact that he was 'drawn from the water?' What is the significance of the fact that the first story of Moshe's interactions as an adult is to murder the Egyptian? What is the significance of Moshe's long stay in Midian? Why does Hashem begin His interaction with Moshe by calling out his name? What is the significance of the name Ehkyeh asher Ehkyeh?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 17:54


TTFWEB said...


Thanks very much for the podcast. I just found it and have listened to a number of them this week. I am a conservative Christian, and I find your exposition of the Torah to be very enlightening (I hope that's in keeping with your goals for the podcasts).

I was reading the creation story, and I observed that Adam did not give Eve the name "Eve" until after they had been tempted and sinned. Prior to this, she was called only woman. I have been considering why this is so, and the impact it may have had on the fall of man. I am wondering if Adam, whom God had directed to name the animals and gave them identity, failed in his responsibly to Eve by not naming her sooner and giving her an identity - and through this identity she could have possibly stood against the serpent. I am interested in your thoughts on this...

Again, thanks for the podcast.

Ari Goldwag said...

Interesting point. Worth thinking about.