Torah Readers Reflections

Summary of Beshalach

FInally the children of Israel have left Egypt however Pharaoh is in hot pursuit of them and has them trapped in front of the red sea. This Torah portion is one of the most event packed portions.
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The Torah portion of, contains the following main events and stories:

  • The Israelites leaving Egypt and crossing the Red Sea: God parts the waters to allow the Israelites to pass through safely, while the pursuing Egyptian army is drowned.

  • The Song of Moses: The Israelites sing a song of thanks and praise to God after their successful crossing of the Red Sea.

  • The Israelites receiving manna and quail in the desert: God provides the Israelites with sustenance in the form of manna and quail, which they collect daily.

  • The battle against the Amalekites: The Amalekites attack the Israelites, but through Moses' leadership and God's intervention, the Israelites are victorious.

  • The arrival of the Israelites at the wilderness of Sin: The Israelites arrive at the wilderness of Sin and set up camp.

  • The provision of water from the rock: God commands Moses to strike a rock, from which water flows to provide the Israelites with drinking water.

  • The laws of Sabbath and Sabbath Year: God teaches the Israelites about the importance of the Sabbath and the Sabbath year.

  • The instructions of the Passover: God gives instructions to the Israelites on how to observe the Passover.

It is a continuation of the story of the Israelites liberation from the slavery in Egypt and their journey to the promised land.


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