My friend and colleague Rabbi Laura Novak Winer has some wonderful insights on Parashat Shemot and on the rabbis who organized Shave for the Brave.
Okay, so we were a day late. But I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to study parshat Shemot with the Temple Beth Israel Women’s Torah Study Group.
Shemot is one of my favorite Torah portions. Its kind of like having a favorite child, I know. Yet Shemot speaks to me unlike other passages from Torah.
Unlike other sections of Torah, the names (shemot) we learn are those of women. And not just 1 woman, or 2 but 7 women! All together, we interact with 12 women in this one portion:
Shiphrah and Puah, the brave midwivesYocheved, Moses’s motherMiriam, Moses’s sisterBat Pharoah (the daughter of Pharoah) whom the rabbis name BatyaTzipporah, Moses’s wifeTzipporah’s 6 sisters, whom Moses helps save from a dangerous situation
12 women paralleling the 12 tribes of Israel.
12 women who start a revolution.
12 women who, through their civil…
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