Whom Do We Serve?
At the beginning of the book of Exodus, God's people are enslaved to a false god; by the book's end, they have been liberated to serve the real One. While Pharaoh oppressed the Israelites with forced labor, God demanded dignified work and voluntary contributions to make the mishkan (tabernacle). While Pharaoh denied the possibility of rest, God mandates the Shabbat. Rav Shai explores what freedom truly means according to Exodus. (5774)