Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Beshalach

Israel's_Escape_from_EgyptThis week is one of my favorite portions. This is the portion that was read on the day I was born. It is the portion in which we see the mighty hand of Hashem deliver the people of Israel from the armies of Pharaoh. You can read about this miracle as well as many more in Beshalach – Exodus 13:17 – 17:16.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 13:17-14:8 (14 p’sukim)

2: 14:9-14 (6 p’sukim)

3: 14:15-25 (11 p’sukim)

4: 14:26-15:26 (32 p’sukim)

5: 15:27-16:10 (11 p’sukim)

6: 16:11-36 (26 p’sukim)

7: 17:1-16 (16 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Judges 4:4 – 5:31.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Shemot by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of kavod, which can be translated as honor. The simple definition of honor is value. When we value another person, we hold them in regard; they have worth, and are worthy of at least the same love and favor we give to ourselves.

At the top of a 4×6 card write, Kavod (Honor). Underneath that, list your own ideas for how to honor others as well as suggestions listed in the following article: Jewish Pathways: Honor.

Put the card in a prominent place, so you might be able to refer to it often throughout the day.

You might also really enjoy this talk from Dr. Frank Seekins on Honor:

July 16, 2011: Dr. Frank Seekins at El Shaddai Ministries from El Shaddai Ministries on Vimeo.

Blessings and Shalom,