Now When [Pharaoh] Let [the People] Go

Exodus 13:17−17:16

When Is B'shalach Read?

/ 10 Shevat 5785
/ 13 Shevat 5786
/ 15 Shevat 5787


  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: B'shalach Commentary

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The Controversial Leadership of Heroes

By: Tema Smith

In this week’s parashah, we find the newly freed Israelites on their way out of Egypt. This parashah shows the beginnings of a communal dynamic. These people are unafraid to challenge their leaders and demand evidence that the path they are taking will lead them to a better place.

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VIdeo: Learn More About Parashat B'shalach With Bim Bam

Learn More About Parashat B'shalach With Bim Bam

Red Sea walkers, pull on those wetsuits and hit the rapids of Torah Parashat B'shalach! This week's narrator Eli Winkelman - a foodie with a hunger for social change - takes us on the scenic route out of Egypt, wading out of the Red Sea and into a land of bad food and water. Enjoy this video and more with Bim Bam. 

Listen to Podcasts About B'shalach

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat B'shalach in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

Lifting Hands and Sharing Power

Remembering Debbie Friedman z"l on Shabbat Shira