Shemot (“Names”) is the first Torah reading in the Book of Exodus. It opens describing the enslavement of the Israelites in Egypt. Moses is born, placed in a basket on the Nile, and adopted into Pharaoh’s household. He later encounters G-d at a burning bush and begins his mission of demanding that Pharoah let the Israelites go.
In the Haftorah, Isaiah tells of a future redemption when Israel will be saved from the internal Egypt that holds them captive until today.
In the Apostolics, Matthew tells of the Magi who come seeking the Messiah, the King of the Jews.
The first portion of the book of Shemot/Exodus is Shemot, which means “Names.” This is the thirteenth Torah Portion.
TORAH: Shemot 1:1-6:1
HAFTORAH: Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23
APOSTLES: Matthew 2:1-12
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