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Category: Beshalach

Why Did Moshe Send Yitro Away?

by Rabbi Aryeh KlapperPosted on July 6, 2017

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Adoption and Birth in the Exodus Story

by Dean Rachel FriedmanPosted on October 26, 2016

”Jordan’s River is Deep and Wide and I’ve Got a Home on the Other Side”: Yarden, Yam Suf and the Persistence of Memory – A Study of Yehoshua 3, Shemot 14 and Tehillim 114

by Rabbi Michael HattinPosted on October 21, 2016

Jewish Blood Is Not Cheap

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

Although the Torah often points out the infinite value of every human life, this week’s parsha gives a clear message about the value of Jewish life. We are told that no one will be permitted to murder Jews with impunity. In the Shirat Hayam (Song at the Sea), Moshe (Moses) and the Jewish people use three expressions to describe the downfall of the Egyptians.…

Remind Me: What Are We Supposed to be Remembering?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on January 21, 2016

The story of Amalek is recorded twice in the Torah: once in Beshalach, and again at the end of Parashat Ki Teitzei in Devarim. In Beshalach, we are instructed to write a record of what Amalek did to us, but we are not commanded to actively remember the events.…

Leap of Action

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on January 29, 2015

At the moment of the exodus from Egypt, the Torah presents us with a picture of a strong, empowered and confident people ready to take on all comers: “And the Children of Israel went out with an uplifted hand.” (14:8). And yet throughout our parasha the people demonstrate a very different character time and again: fearful, needy and dependent.…

“And They Believed in God and in Moshe, God’s Servant”

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on January 10, 2014

A dominant theme in Parashat Beshalach is that of emunah, belief – having it and losing it. That the Children of Israel should believe in God after witnessing the miracles and plagues in Egypt is to be expected. What is more of a question is how long that belief will last – will they continue to believe even when they are not experiencing miracles, and even when they are beset with hardship? …

Freedom for What?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on January 29, 2010

“And they came to Marah, and they could not drink the waters of Marah because they were bitter… And the people murmured against Moshe and Aharon saying, ‘What shall we drink?'” (Shemot 15:23-24). Parshat Beshalach is the parsha of the apex of the Exodus, as it relates the Splitting of the Sea, the drowning of the Egyptians, and the Song on the Sea.…