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Discovering the Name

Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/discovering_the_name_20070112

The first Torah portion in Exodus is Shemot, Hebrew for "names." "These are the names of the Israelites coming to Egypt..." (Exodus 1:1). That might be where we got the name of the parsha, but that is not where the parsha takes us. Namings take place throughout Shemot.

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