Parashat Beshalach

A Jewish approach to war and peace

By RON KRONISH
January 25, 2018 20:20
Illustration by Pepe Fainberg

Illustration by Pepe Fainberg. (photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)

IN THE Jewish tradition, the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, is read every week in the synagogue and the portion for each week carries with it a Hebrew name. On the Shabbat of January 27, we read Parashat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16).

This famous Torah portion describes the Exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt, with the “miracle” of the parting of the Red Sea or Sea of Reeds, and the famous song or poem known as “Shirat Hayam” (the Song of the Sea), which became part of the daily liturgy in the morning prayers over the centuries. In fact, this Shabbat has become known as Shabbat Shira (The Sabbath of the Song) because of the centrality of this poem in the biblical story of the Exodus.

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