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Torah Talk for Parashat Bo

January 9, 2019 by Jake Singer-Beilin (Faculty and Staff)

This week’s parasha, Bo, continues the story that we know so well from the Pesach seder. The Israelites are slaves in Egypt, and Moses is sent to free them. Last week, in Parashat Vaera, we saw the first 7 of the 10 plagues. This week we read about the final three plagues, including makkat b’chorot – the death of the firstborn. After the plagues, the Israelites escape and become free. They begin their journey to the Land of Israel, where they will create a new life, a civilization, and many more generations of Israelites.

The Torah acknowledges that with the generations to come, there will be Israelites who did not experience the Exodus, and who might not know the reasons for the mitzvot, the holidays, or even why they should care about God.

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