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Beshalakh

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Beshalakh 2017

Beshalakh: From Bitter to Sweet

This week’s Torah portion (Beshalakh), includes Pharaoh’s pursuit of the Israelites and a miraculous escape made possible by the parting of the Sea of Reeds. There is an epic victory poem and a description of the prophetess Miriam leading the women in joyful celebration. Too bad the portion doesn’t continue on this uplifting note. Immediately after this […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Beshalakh 2016

Beshalakh: Bearing Witness

In this week’s Torah reading (Beshalakh/When He Sent), the Children of Israel cross the Reed Sea and are finally and decisively freed from Egyptian bondage. After agreeing to release the Israelites, Pharaoh changed his mind and set out with his army in hot pursuit. Trapped between Egyptian chariots and the sea, the Israelites panicked. But God, by […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Beshalakh

Beshalakh: Walking the Talk

This Torah portion finds us at the conclusion of the Israelite sojourn in Egypt. Pharaoh finally relents and agrees to let the people go.  They journey through the wilderness, led by a divine pillar of fire, and eventually make camp by the Sea of Reeds. Meanwhile, back in Egypt, Pharaoh has had a change of heart and sends […]

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