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This month our Torah readings are the middle four chapters of the second Book of Moses, Exodus. The four parshas are: B’shallach, Yitro, Mishpatim and T’rumah.

B’shallach:
chronicles the parting of the sea and the destruction of the Egyptian army that pursued the Israelis as they left Egypt.

Yitro:
tells of the Israelis arrival at Mount Sinai and Moses receiving The Ten Commandments from God.

Mishpatim:
God gives the Israelis many practical civil laws to follow that will make them a holy people.

T’rumah:
God commands the Israelites to build a Tabernacle where God’s presence will reside and where the people will worship him.

Taken as a whole, The Book of Exodus describes the birth of the Jewish people as a nation. These events took place from approximately 1,300-1,250 BCE. While this is more than 3,000 years ago, it is relevant today. Israel was redeemed from slavery and mankind was taught that God is a god of freedom.

Wishing you all a healthy and liberating February,

Sandy Shapiro & Arnold Miller
Co-Chairs