Exodus 10:1-13:16


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.


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,


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



Parashat Bo Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Bo Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Bo for Families
Torah for Topics for Today


Family Stories
Torah for Topics for Today


Do Not Be Locked Into the Past
Torah for Topics for Today



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