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Parashat Va’era

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל-מֹשֶׁה ‘ אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה

In Parashat Va’era, God says to Moshe: “I will be what I will be.” What does this enigmatic sentence mean?

Dr. David Frankel, Senior Lecturer in Bible at The Schechter Institutes, shares with us his fascinating interpretation of the mysterious phrase. According to him, God is elusive; we can never pin him down to a spot or know exactly how to access him.

Watch the video below:

David Frankel is Associate Professor of Bible at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. He has been on the faculty since 1992. He earned his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Prof. Moshe Weinfeld. His publications include “The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School,” and “The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel.”  From 1991 to 1996, Frankel was rabbi of Congregation Shevet Achim in Gilo, Jerusalem.

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