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Shemot

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Shemot

Shemot: A Passion for Compassion

This week’s reading (Shemot) opens the book of Exodus. I am particularly fond of this one because it includes a group of courageous and compassionate women. After connecting the end of Genesis with the beginning of Exodus, Shemot turns to the changed circumstances of the Israelites. A new pharaoh was in charge, and was worried about […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Shemot

Shemot: Nameless Benefactors

This week’s Torah reading is the first in the book of Exodus. Both the book in its entirety and this portion are called “Shemot” in Hebrew. Shemot means “names” and this title is taken from the opening of the first chapter: these are the names of the children of Israel who came to Egypt… (Exodus 1:1) […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Shemot

Shemot: Doubt

This week, we begin the the book of Exodus, which is known in Hebrew as Shemot (Names).  The seventy souls that journeyed with Ya’akov to Egypt have flourished and become the Children of Israel, a people numerous enough to feel threatening to the Egyptians. The Israelites are enslaved and abused; their sons are to be […]

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