Shabbat Shalom! Bo

Parashat Bo continues the Exodus story, in Exodus 10:1 – 13:16. We read about the horrors of the last three plagues, and Pharaoh’s stubbornness. Then the Israelites receive their instructions for Passover: slaughter a lamb, use the blood to mark the doorway, and eat the meat with unleavened bread while standing, ready to dash out of town. The final plague descends at night, the killing of the firstborn of Egypt. As the Egyptians wail, the Hebrews “and a mixed multitude” flee the country.

Here are some divrei Torah to illuminate the text:

Moses and Aaron Come to Pharaoh ( (VIDEO)

Joining the Exodus by Natan Sharansky

The Moon Waxes and Wanes and We Learn to Count Time – Rabbi Sylvia Rothchild

Pharaoh’s Final Request – Rabbi Beth Kalisch

Seeking Compassion – Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

What About the “Collateral Damage?” – Rabbi Stephen Fuchs

Are You Coming or Going? – Rabbi Ruth Adar



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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi based in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, mom, poodle groomer, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at as the Coffee Shop Rabbi.

4 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom! Bo”

  1. In the past few years i have heard talk of miriams cup I have always heard of Elijahs cup for passover but what is miriams and what is its significance?


    1. Sherri, thank you for a great blog post topic! Short answer: many people are bothered that Miriam was left out of the traditional haggadah, so they wrote her back in with the miriam’s cup. It’s a cup of water to remind us of her and the wells that followed her through the wilderness.


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