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The Torah reading Shemot (“names”) covers Exodus 1:1-6:1.

Parashat Shemot (שמות): Exodus 1:1-6:1

“Man is free, but everywhere he is in chains,” wrote a French philosopher in the mid-18th century, setting off a firestorm in Europe against monarchy.1 But more the three thousand years earlier, a greater shockwave resounded from within the superpower empire of Mitzraim, and that’s what we see in this week’s Torah reading, שמות Shemot (“names,” Exodus 1:1–6:1).

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Exodus 1:1–6:1: Moshe foreshadows Mashiakh the Deliverer

We don’t know which pharaoh that helped raise Moses or which pharaoh Moses confronted to free the ancient Israelis from slavery.

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