Bo

Exodus 10:1-13:16

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In this Torah portion, God sends the eighth and ninth plagues, locusts and darkness, but Pharaoh still refuses to free the Israelite slaves. God tells Moses that the tenth plague will be killing all the firstborn Egyptians. God commands each Israelite home to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood on their doorposts, in order to protect their firstborns. After the death of the firstborn, Pharaoh demands that the Israelites leave.

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darkness plague
The ninth plague was darkness.

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To read the full text in English translation, click here.

In this Torah portion, God sends the eighth and ninth plagues, locusts and darkness, but Pharaoh still refuses to free the Israelite slaves. God tells Moses that the tenth plague will be killing all the firstborn Egyptians. God commands each Israelite home to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood on their doorposts, in order to protect their firstborns. After the death of the firstborn, Pharaoh demands that the Israelites leave.

Click here for a summary of Bo.
Click here for a summary of the Haftarah for Bo.

Click here for the full text of Bo in English.

darkness plague
The ninth plague was darkness.

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Body & Soul Religion
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL 
Collective Punishment
Adina Gerver, AJWS
 
Keeping Faith
Rabbi Donald Weber, Union for Reform Judaism 
Pharaoh’s Courtiers
Rabbi Dorothy Richman, AJWS 
What’s in a Miracle?
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hillel 
Return to the Homeland
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, AJWS 
The Mark of Liberation
Rabbi Toba Spitzer, socialaction.com 
Taking Notice in Our Time
Rabbi Shaul Judelman, Canfei Nesharim 

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Ready for Renewal
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity
Equal Before God
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships
The Darkness
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Jewish Theological Seminary
Come, My Pretty
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Institute
Defining Service of God
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union
Learning Through Teaching
Yossi Ziffer, UJA-Federation of New York
Does One Crime Justify Another?
Rabbi Suzanne Singer, Women of Reform Judaism

Multimedia

Parashat Bo Quiz
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Parashat Bo for Families
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