This week's parsha
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After Steve Jobs died in 2011, I remember reading a one-line obituary in a mainstream media outlet. It read: “Steve Jobs put a powerful computer inside a phone and that phone into 120 million pockets.”
And it struck me then that, throughout history, the people who have left the greatest mark on the world, and who became household names, were not necessarily those who created life-changing inventions, but those who gave the public access to those innovations.
In At The Deep End
In this week's Parshah the Red Sea splits and the children of Israel cross to safety.
G‑d tells Moses: "Speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward..."
The Midrash tells us that as they stood at the shore of the sea, the people of Israel split into four factions.
The Gold of Egypt
"Speak to the Children of Israel, and they shall borrow from their neighbors gold and silver vessels" (Final instructions before the Exodus -- Exodus 11:2)
Did you follow the news stories last year about the Egyptian Law Professor who was initiating a suit against world Jewry before the International Court of Justice? He demanded the Jews return the gold and silver that their ancestors had taken with them on their way out.