23 Tevet, Shabbat Shalom, שְׁמוֹת

Shabbat Shalom WIJC!
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The mitzvah heros of this week: Midwives!

The Finding of Moses, 1904, Laurence Alma-Tadema

This week’s parsha is Shemot, translated as “names” and is the first book in Exodus, covering 1:1-6:1. A quick summary:
Jacob brings the Israelites to Egypt; it goes well for a while until a new Pharoah comes to power and commands Shiphrah and Puah, the local midwives, to kill sons born to Hebrew women. Well, midwives rock, as we all know, and they foiled this plan leading to the Moses in the bullrushes tale.
N.B. G-d rewarded the midwives.
Exodus 1:20–21:
God did good to the midwives
And the people increased and became very vast
And it was since the midwives feared God
That He/he made them houses/households.

Shemot continues to cover the growth of Moses as he and his brother Aaron venture forward to speak to the people (remember, Moses was sporting a pretty severe speech impedement caused by an angel trying to save his life and spoke through his brother at the onset of delivering messages). The parsha ends with a promise that Moses’s request to Pharoah to “let my people go” will be answered.

Moses and Aaron speak to the people, James Tissot

Translations:
JTS:http://learn.jtsa.edu/content/translations/shemot/torah-portion/shemot

Commentary:
JTS:http://learn.jtsa.edu/parashah/shemot/5773?t=05-22-01-55

URJ:http://urj.org/learning/torah/archives/exodus/

Chabad: http://www.chabad.org/parshah/default_cdo/aid/15559/jewish/Shemot.htm

Aish: http://www.aish.com/tp/

Rabbi Falcon:http://www.rabbitedfalcon.com/weekly-focus/

Animated short: G-dcast http://www.g-dcast.com/shemot

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