Weekly Torah Portion

Parshat Beshalach begins with the nation of Israel out of Egypt, on its way to the Promised Land. However, God is not finished with the Egyptians. He “strengthens” Pharaoh’s heart, and he and his servants, perversely, chase after their recently-freed slaves, and end up at the bottom of the sea.


Previous Torah Portions

Parshat Bo takes us to a climax of the Exodus story: the last three of the ten plagues, and the actual leaving of Egypt by the Nation of Israel. The Parsha begins with God saying to Moshe בא אל פרעה - "Come to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart, and the hearts of his servants, so that I may place my signs among them.
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This week, in parshat Vayetze, we read about the life, and success, of Yaakov. He leaves his home in Canaan to escape the wrath of his brother Esav, from whom he has stolen the birthright and the blessings of their father, Yitzchak, and goes to the ancestral home of his parents and grandparents, Padan Aram.

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Jewish Life Cycle

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