Parashat Shemot, and Naming a Nation

     This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shemot 5782 / פָּרָשַׁת שְׁמוֹת  Read on / 21 Tevet 5782, is the first parashah in the book of Exodus/Shemot.    Now, we see the start of a new epoch.  That of the baby Moses, saved from The River by two courageous women who actually get named!!  Not a normal thing for women in the Bible or in Western history, for that matter.  In fact, those two facts are probably related.

   The names of the ’70 persons’ who went down to Egypt with Israel, the patriarch, are recorded now, becoming the tribes who go up out of Egypt later.  Rumor has it that one woman lived the entire time, and was the one to lead them to the place where the bones of Joseph should be buried.  I’m sure one of our commentators will refresh my memory with the details?

      How can we make the future more certain and safe for all of us?

   What do you think,   Thoughtful Readers?


Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how including women in our history might help keep all of us safer, please.

2.)  Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

Parashah 12, last in the book of Bereshit/Genesis, was last week…


Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

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-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

                by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                                               help build a kinder future, and Do Better Project for a Better World

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   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective,

               and can historical fiction stories inspires learning and courage, Ann and Willow??

l’Shalom, Peace

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS


the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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8 thoughts on “Parashat Shemot, and Naming a Nation

  1. The Biblical text names Moses’s sister but not his parents. On the other hand, the text names the civilly disobedient midwives who saved Moses’s life. Unless I am mistaken, extra-canonical Jewish tradition does name the parents of Moses, though.

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    1. Yes, Yocheved comes to mind immediately as Moses’s mother, but I should pull down my Etz Chaim to see if that is correct, and I forget his father’s name, but I think it’s mentioned.
      Will go to my book closet when roommate’s done in the common area.

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