Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Bo

David_Roberts_001Sorry for the late post this week. I am a very weary soldier, having been fighting head lice on my children’s heads this past week. It has been extremely time consuming, and every other free moment, I have been checking out mentally with movies or books. Please lift me up in your prayers; the flesh really wants to grab a hold of discouragement, but my spirit is hopeful and trusting in our great G-d to help me through the process of reduction and elimination, and give me success.

This week, in parasha Bo – Exodus 10:1 – 13:16, we read about the last three plagues and the first Passover.

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: 10:1-11 (11 p’sukim)

2: 10:12-23 (12 p’sukim)

3: 10:24-11:3 (9 p’sukim)

4: 11:4-12:20 (27 p’sukim)

5: 12:21-28 (8 p’sukim)

6: 12:29-51 (23 p’sukim)

7: 13:1-16 (16 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Jeremiah 46:13 – 46:28.

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 hakarat ha-tov, which can be translated as gratitude. For me, personally, though lice has been a big pain to deal with, I have learned some valuable lessons that I would not have learned, as well as insights and meaning I would not have gained were I not to be going through this, so I can honestly say, “Thank You, G-d, for the lice”, and be sincere and grateful for a seemingly horrible thing which is actually a gift from Him.

At the top of a 4×6 card write, Hakarat Ha-tov (Gratitude). Underneath that, list each item for quick reference (suggestions come from Riverton Mussar):

  • Think of some positive aspects of your life today and express your gratitude and appreciation.
  • Send a card to someone you know and express your gratitude and appreciation.
  • Express your gratitude to a stranger who is serving you in some capacity today.
  • After every meal this week, say a prayer of gratitude. This can either be a traditional blessing from the siddur or perhaps a heartfelt spontaneous prayer. (This is the one we try to sing: Blessing After the Meal)

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

Blessings and Shalom,