Beginning with the plague of locusts and ending with the most terrible plague of all—the death of the firstborn—this week's parashah brings Israel's enslavement to an end. As the parashah nears its end, Moshe tells the people that the month we now call Nisan will be "the first of months of the year," and that in 15 more days, they will leave Egypt. He gives them instructions regarding how to prepare for the journey, including the need to smear lamb's blood on their doorposts and lintels on the afternoon of the 14th, so that the Angel of Death will pass over their homes that night. He also instructs them regarding their final meal in Egypt—how it is to be cooked, and how they are to dress. To download this week's Shabbat Booklet, please click here.

Shabbat Parashah Bo



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This Week: Shabbat Parashat Bo

Sh’mot 10.1-13.16, pages 374-394

FIRST ALIYAH: Locusts are in the middle of the third set of plagues, coming after hail. So why does the parashah begin with this plague, rather than with hail (which ended last week’s parashah)?

FOURTH ALIYAH: God tells the Israelites to daub blood on their doorposts and lintels, as a “sign” for Hi to skip over their homes in the Tenth Plague. Does God need such a sign?

The haftarah, Yirmiyahu 46.13-28, begins on page 395.

Next Week: Shabbat Shirah Parashat B’shallach

Sh’mot 13.17-17.16, pages 399-422

FIRST ALIYAH: God leads Israel by a roundabout route to Canaan because He fearerd they would encounter war and would want to return to Egypt. Is that the reason, considering that encountering war was inevitable whatever road they took?

SEVENTH ALIYAH:What was it about Amalek that Israel is given the unusual commandment to utterly destroy it?

The haftarah, Sefer Shof’tim 5.1-31, begins on page 426.