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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.

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

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

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

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