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Parsha Summary: Shmot

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Shmot chronicles the creation of Am Yisrael. Paro fears the population explosion of Jews & enslaves them. When their birthrate rises, he orders the Jewish midwives to kill all the newborn males. Yocheved gives birth to Moshe & hides him in the reeds by the Nile. Paro's daughter finds & adopts him, knowing he is a Hebrew. Miriam brings Moshe’s mother Yocheved to be his nursemaid.

Years later, Moshe witnesses an Egyptian beating a Hebrew & Moshe kills the Egyptian. Realizing his life is in danger, Moses flees to Midian for 60 years. There he rescues & weds Zipora, Yitro’s daughter.

On Mt. Sinai, Moshe witnesses the burning bush as G-d commands him to lead the Jewish People from Egypt to the Land of Israel. Moshe is given 3 miracles to validate himself in the people's eyes: Changing his staff to a snake, his healthy hand into a leprous one, & water into blood.

Hashem tells Moshe his brother Aharon will be his spokesman; they petition Paro to release the Jews. Paro responds harshly; now the Jews must produce the same quota of bricks as before but without being given supplies. The people are dispirited, but G-d assures Moshe that He will force Paro to let the Jews out of Egypt.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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