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Torah Talk for Parashat Shemot

December 29, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Bnei Yisrael become slaves to Paro; Paro’s daughter saves Moshe from the Nile and, after killing an Egyptian taskmaster, Moshe flees to Midian where he marries and has children; Hashem instructs Moshe to liberate the people; Moshe returns to Egypt, and Moshe and Aharon approach Paro, who refuses their request for liberation.

After Moshe and his wife Tzipporah have their first child, the Torah [2:22] tells us, “and he called his name Gershom [literally, “stranger there”]; for he said: ‘I have been a stranger in a strange land.'” Many commentators question the meaning of this reason. Read more >