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Beshalah Torah Portion Summary

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

God led the people of Israel on an indirect route from Egypt, with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night.

After telling Moses to camp by the Red Sea, he planned to have Pharaoh attacked the people of Israel, so that God could save the Jews as the last minute, thus proving his power to them.

As Pharaoh and his army approached, Moses raised his hand and the sea parted for the Israelites to cross.

The Jews crossed safely, but as the Egyptians came after them, the waters crashed down upon them, destroying them all, prompting the Jews to sing and dance.

As the Jews wandered through the desert, they began to question God, for they had trouble finding food and water.

God produced a flaky substance that they called manna, and were instructed to collect a single days-worth of food six days a week, and twice as much on Fridays, so that on Shabbat they could rest.

Some people refused to follow God’s instructions, collecting too much on weekdays, and not enough for Shabbat.

God then told Moses to hit a rock to produce water for the people of Israel, who were constantly questioning Gods authority and commandments.

While in Horeb, the people of Amalek attacked the Jews, and God once again demonstrated his power by enabling the Jews to continue to win as long as Moses held his arms in the air.

Joseph led his people to victory over Amalek as Moses, with the help of Aaron and Hur, held his arms above his head.

Shemot Torah Portion Summary

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Jacobs sons were fruitful in Egypt, and fearing this rapidly-growing tribe, the Pharaoh levied a tax on them and then decided to make them slaves.

Later, the Pharaoh decided to kill all Israelite sons, but Shifrah and Puah, two Hebrew midwives, sided with God rather than Pharaoh and helped to hide one baby boy for three months, until his mother finally had to get rid of him, which she did by placing him in a basket and floating it down the river.

The Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket and the child, named him Moses, and cared for him.

When Moses was older, he assaulted an Egyptian for beating an Israelite slave, and then fled from Egypt when he found out that others had witnessed it.

Moses went on to marry Tzipporah and have a son, Gershom, and while tending sheep for his father-in-law, he saw a bush that was burning but was not consumed by the fire.

Moses heard the voice of God in this bush, and was told to go to Egypt and free the Israelite slaves and take them to a land flowing with milk and honey.

Moses questioned why he was selected, citing his speech problems, and saying that the Israelites and the Pharaoh would not listen to him.

God told him to take his brother, Aaron, to speak for him, and demonstrated some of the miracles that Moses would perform to show God’s power.

Finally, Moses agreed to go, and after confronting Pharaoh for the first time, asking him for a few days off for the Israelites to pray, Pharaoh punished the Israelites for being lazy, by no longer providing them with straw for the bricks they were making.

With the people of Israel angry at Moses, God told him that he would do things to Pharaoh that would not only encourage him to let the slaves go, but would cause him to drive them out of his land.