Challah for Parashat Shemot

Moses in a basket.

Commentary on Parashat Shemot, Exodus 1:1 - 6:1

Every week, Julie Seltzer, artist and Torah scribe, bakes a challah depicting an aspect of the week’s Torah portion.

She took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch; and she put the child in, and laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. (Exodus 2:3)

וַתִּקַּח-לוֹ תֵּבַת גּמֶא, וַתַּחְמְרָה בַחֵמָר וּבַזָּפֶת; וַתָּשֶׂם בָּהּ

אֶת-הַיֶּלֶד, וַתָּשֶׂם בַּסּוּף עַל-שְׂפַת הַיְאר

moses in a basket

Pharaoh decrees that all male Hebrew babies must be killed. In order to save him, Moses’ family places him in a basket and sends him down the Nile where he is later found by none other than Pharaoh’s daughter.

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