Exodus 13:17-17:16

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In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to have the Israelites set up camp at the Sea of Reeds, but then Pharaoh changes his mind  about freeing the Jews and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on the Israelites’ tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Egyptians enter, God closes the waters and the Egyptians drown. Miriam leads 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 them. 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.

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