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B'shalach

B'shalach

Now When [Pharaoh] Let [the People] Go
Exodus
13:17−17:16

Now when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although it was nearer; for God said, "The people may have a change of heart when they see war, and return to Egypt." - Exodus 13:17

Summary: 
  • The Children of Israel escape across the Sea of Reeds from Pharaoh and his army, who drown when God drives back the sea. (13:17-14:31)
  • Moses and the Israelites sing a song praising Adonai. (15:1-21)
  • In the wilderness, God provides the grumbling Israelites with quails and manna. God instructs the Israelites to gather and prepare on the sixth day food needed for Shabbat. (15:22-16:36)
  • The people complain about the lack of water. Moses hits a rock with his rod and brings forth water. (17:1-7)
  • Israel defeats Amalek, Israel's eternal enemy. God vows to blot out the memory of Amalek from the world. (17:8-16)
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When do we read B'shalach?

2020 Feb 8
/13 Shevat, 5780
2022 Jan 15
/13 Shevat, 5782

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