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Torah Talk for Parashat Shemot

December 27, 2018 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.

When Moshe encounters God for the first time at the burning bush, he asks Hashem (3:13), “When they [Bnei Yisrael] say to me, ‘What is His Name?’ what should I say to them?” God replies, “I Am that which I Am, and [Hashem] said, ‘Thus you shall say to Bnei Yisrael, “I Am has sent me to you.”‘”

The Rabbis in the Talmud considered the name Eh-yeh Asher Eh-yeh (I Am that which I Am) to be one of God’s holy names that cannot be erased once written. Read more >