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What Kind of Name is Shmot ("Names")?

Shmuel Skaist

Jewish History, Sacred Text & Thought

Why does the whole world call it Exodus and ignore the actual name of The Book of Names? We will not answer that question outright. Instead, we'll focus on why we ought to stick to the original by examining the Parasha (Torah portion) with an eye towards appreciating how it manages to define the entire book. Surprisingly, that definition strikes to the core of personal Avodat HaShem (service towards God) in the 21st Century. This presentation will climax in a 30 minute acoustic concert of some of Rav Shmuel's best songs.

Shmuel Skaist


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Shmuel (Rav Shmuel) is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who plays at college campuses & top venues from Greenwich Village to LA. He founded Gefiltephish, building Jewish ID on Phish tour in the 1990’s. He is a co-founder of Shabbat Tent at music festivals, Home Shalom kosher kitchen at Rainbow and a senior staff member of Jewlicious Festivals. A charismatic & inspirational speaker, Shmuel taught at Bar Ilan U. before returning to the US. He is currently a Rosh Yeshiva (Head of the Yeshiva) at The Yeshiva at IDT in Newark, NJ.

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