Thursday, February 1, 2007

Harry Potter themes in Parshat Beshalach

Parshas Beshalach contains the following Harry Potter themes:

  1. Why did Harry Potter's boggart effect him like a dementor: Written just for this blog! Click to read part 1 and part 2.
  2. In Ex 14:16 Moses uses his staff in a magic-wand-like way to split the sea, in Ex 17:5 he uses it to magically bring water from a rock, and in Ex 17:9-12 he uses it to magically win the war with Amalek. Magic wands are discussed in depth in Harry Potter and Torah, and summarized here.
  3. The splitting of the sea (Ex 14:13-31) is described in Psalm (114) as "the sea saw and fled." What did the sea see? The Midrash says that the sea saw the bones of Joseph, that were being transported to Israel for burial, that had a magical protection from his act of dedication to G-d years earlier. This is described in Harry Potter and Torah's chapter on Magical Protection, part of which is excerpted here.
Have a Shabbat Shalom!

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