Exodus 13:17-17:16


In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to set camp the Israelites at the Sea of Reeds until Pharaoh changes his mind  about freeing the Jews and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on their tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Egyptians entered, God closed the waters and the Egyptians drowned. Miriam led all the women in song and dance to celebrate. Soon after, the Israelites begin to complain about life in the desert. God provides quail and manna to feed the Israelites. The Israelites battle the Amalekites and win.

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The Red Sea of Egypt
Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea,
which God split in half.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

What Are You Yelling At Me For?
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hillel

From Insecurity to Sovereignty
Alana Alpert, AJWS

The Test Of The Manna
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL

Nothing Is Unchangeable
Rabbi Elliot Kukla, AJWS

God And The Angel: Leaders And Protectors
Rabbi Deborah Pipe-Mazo, Union for Reform Judaism

Bones of the Ephraimites
Guy Izhak Austrain, AJWS

Beyond Victors And Victims
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, socialaction.com


Where the Wood Meets Water
Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz, Canfei Nesharim

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

When Miracles Are Not Enough
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Risky Travels
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Institute

Torah Like Water
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Jewish Theological Seminary

Singing On The Way
Deborah Joselow, UJA-Federation of New York

The Source Of Spirituality
Rabbi Dr. Solomon Freilich, Orthodox Union





Parashat B’shalah Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat B’shalah Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat B’shalah for Families
Torah for Topics For Today


What’s the Use in Complaining?
Torah for Topics for Today


Torah for Topics for Today



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