Shemoth Highlights

2nd Book: Shemoth (Exodus)


The second book of Mosheh is titled in Hebrew “Shemoth”, meaning names and comes from the first phrase, “w’elleh shemoth” (‘and these are the names’). The Greek title given to this book is “Exodus”, a word meaning ‘to exit’, ‘depart’, or ‘go out’. The Septuagint used this word to describe the central theme of this scroll, which is the mass departure of the children of Israel from Egypt.

Shemoth covers the enslavement of the chosen people, the rise of the prophet Mosheh, his encounter with YHWH at the burning bush, the ten plagues, the Passover, the Red Sea crossing and much more.

  • Enslavement of the chosen people 1:1-1:22
  • The rise of the prophet Mosheh 2:1-3:3
  • Mosheh’s encounter with YHWH at the burning bush 3:4-4:17
  • The Ten Plagues 7:14-12:36
  • The Passover 12:1-13:16
  • The Red Sea Crossing 14:13-15:21
  • Mount Sinai 19:1-19:25
  • The Ten Commandments 20:1-21
  • The Tabernacle 25:1-31:18
  • The Golden Calf 32:1-32:35
  • Renewing of the Covenant 34:1-34:35
  • Instruments and Garments for the Tabernacle 36:1-40-38
Readings from Shemoth (Exodus):

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2.1: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 1:1-6:1

These are the names of the children of Yashar’al who came to Mitsrayim with Yaacob; every man coming with his household. Shemoth (Exodus 1:1)

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2.2: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 6:2-9:35

And Aluahym (Elohim) spoke to Mushah and said to him, “I am YaHuWaH. “And I appeared to Abraham, to Yitshaq, and to Yaaqob as Al Shaddai. And by My Name, YaHuWaH, was I not known to them?- Shemoth (Exodus) 6:2-3

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2.3: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 10:1-13:16

“And YaHuWaH said to Mushah, “Go into Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, so that I show these signs of Mine before him.” Shemoth (Exodus) 10:1

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2.4: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 13:17-17:16

This Torah Portion is called BeShalach which literally means “in sending” but translates often “when he sent”. This refers to Pharaoh sending Yashar’al out of the land.

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2.5: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 18:1-20:23

And Yithro, the priest of Midyan, Mushah’s father-in-law, heard of all that Aluahym had done for Mushah and for Yashar’al His people, that YaHuWaH had brought Yashar’al out of Mitsrayim.- Shemoth (Exodus) Shemoth 18:1

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2.6: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 21:1-24:18

“These are the right-rulings which you are to set before them”-Shemoth (Exodus) 21:1

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2.7: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 25:1-27:19

“And Yahuwah spoke to Mushah, saying, “Speak to the children of Yashar’al (Israel), that they take up a contribution for Me. From everyone whose heart moves him you shall take up My contribution.” Shemoth (Exodus) 25:1-2

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2.8: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 27:20-30:10

“And you, you are to command the children of Yashar’al (Yisrael) to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.”- Shemoth (Exodus) 27:20

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2.9: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 30:11-34:35

And YaHuWaH spoke to Mushah, saying, “When you take the census of the children of Yashar’al (Yisrael), to register them, then each one shall give an atonement for his life to YaHuWaH, when you register them, so that there is no plague among them when you register them. – Shemoth (Exodus) 30:11,12

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2.10A: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 35:1-38:20

And Mushah assembled all the congregation of the children of Yashar’al (Yisrael(, and said to them, “These are the Words which YaHuWaH has commanded you to do – Shemoth (Exodus) 35:11

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2.10 B: Parsha Shemoth Chapters 38:20-40:38

These were the appointments of the Dwelling Place, the Dwelling Place of the Witness, which was appointed by the command of Mushah, for the service of the Lewites, by the hand of Ithamar, son of Aharon the priest. – Shemoth (Exodus) 38:21

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