The fourth commandment tells us to remember Shabbat. Rashbam says remember applies to the past. Rashi says it points us to the future.
Biblical poetry works primarily with parallelism. Rabbinic commentary mostly ignores this formal quality of biblical language, but not Rashbam!
The moment of the Exodus arrives. And the Israelites are unprepared. Rashi, Rashbam, and Yosef Bechor Shor have different messages for us.
Pharaoh’s magicians call the third plague work of the “finger of God”. Some take this as acknowledging God’s power. Rashbam reads it the other way around.
From a book club in Seattle, to the words of Amos Oz, to the complexity of Moses – an exploration of identity for the new year.