Torah Pearls #13 – Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

Torah Pearls Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1, burning, burning bush, bush, Egypt, Exodus, Moses, moshe, Nile, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, Pharaoh, shemati, slavery, Tetragrammaton, Torah PearlsThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1). From the supposedly “well-known” stories in this portion, Gordon and Johnson clear away centuries of clutter left by mistranslations, Halacha, and Cecil B. DeMille’s version of events. In the spotlight is the burning bush scene where very clearly God revealed his one and only name to Moses. With instructions for present and future use, he left no room for misunderstanding. Gordon and Johnson explain how we got so messed up and what to do about it.

The light of language, history and context is also shed on the following: Did Jewish slaves build the pyramids? Were the midwives Hebrew or Egyptian? What is the Egyptian context of the name Moses? Do we know the identity of the man whom Moses witnessed being beaten? Did Moses “help” or “save” the daughters of Jethro? Where did Moses feel like a stranger? What is comforting about the three signs given to the Israelites? What did a zealous scribe do to protect the name of Moses from being tainted?

Word studies include: "swarmed," "task masters," "dread," "lively," “heavy tongue,” “Mt Sinai,” “Mt. Horeb,” and to be “as God.” Concerning “shemati” (I have heard), Gordon encourages listeners to slow down like Moses did upon seeing the bush, and to bring all their stuff, big and little, to Yehovah, knowing that he hears our cries.

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10 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #13 – Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

  1. Why did God choose Moses? I read this and it seemed to answer the question:

    Numbers 12
    3 Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth….
    6 He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, Yehovah, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.
    7 “Not so, with My servant Moses, he is faithful in all My household;
    8 “With him I speak mouth to mouth, even openly, and not in dark sayings, and he beholds the form of Yehovah…”

  2. Isn’t the reason YHVH would kill Moses is that Moses did not already circumcise his own son…..as the covenantal sign that YHVH commanded? It was certainly the responsibility of the parent and isn’t that why Zipporah associated the anger of YHVH with the lack of obedience to circumcision?

  3. Is it possible that Moses’ mother hid him in plain view? As long as he was able to be passed off as a girl baby he could have stayed in the family home, but at some point he would have been exposed as a boy.
    We don’t know his Hebrew name. No one would have used it or else they would have exposed him.
    We’re not sure if he was ever circumcised.

  4. Yah be with you, Nehemiah. I imagine I must be one of your biggest fans. I love thus program. To me, you are a “Moreh Gadol”.
    I hope you can help me with something. It seems odd to me that Hayah, Hoveh, Yiyeh, read from right to left, does not produce the name Yahoveh.
    How can we explain this? I’m sure the answer is obvious to you, but my understanding of Hebrew is very limited.
    Toda in advance.
    Shalom.

  5. I am so grateful for your wall. I am becoming increasingly alienated from my rabbinic environment and it is so wonderful to hear teachings that resonate with me and exalt the name

    With much gratitude and love, ishie

  6. Nehemia, what do you think about Moses taking of his shoes at the burning bush? You have mentioned in the past, and I have seen in Ruth, that removing the shoe is symbolic in taking an oath. Do you think this is what was happening here and in Joshua, or was it simply an act of respect?

  7. I am glad you share in the expounding. Please I am hearing impaired so speak slower and less interrupting. I am studying at home and also Praise El for His opening many eyes and ears today! Prophecy is definitely alive as was, and will be…
    YHWH Bless you all

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