Shabbat Beshalach (Ex. 13:17-17:16)

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EVERYTHING happens in this portion – Pharaoh changes his heart (or does God change it for him?), the Israelites depart without taking time for the bread to rise, the get to the Red Sea, the waters part, Miriam sings the Song of the Sea (or the Song of Miriam, depending on your perspective), God travels with them as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, manna falls from the heavens each day, the bitter waters at Mareh are sweetened by a tree… Like I said, everything happens here.

On another level, there are neat things like the fact that (at least some scholars believe) the Song of Miriam is the oldest part of the entire Torah. There are themes like personal choice, faith, fate, and the mindset of slavery. And oh so much more.

So, limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring something which represents ANY of those themes (or others which you can find and deem interesting). And come prepared to discuss WHY you chose that particular theme.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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