Shemot

The sedra Shemot presents a broad canvas of events: details of 
Jacob's large family who left for Egypt,the plotting of Pharoah 
and his advisers, the planned death of the male babes,the early 
days of Moses, his flight to Midian, the burning bush,his encounter 
with G-d who reveals his name to him--"Eh,heye asher eh,heye. 
The latter words are probably  a few of the most significant in the Torah.

There has been much commentary on their meaning,but if one takes the 
straightforward or "pshat"approach, they mean that each person has to 
search for G-d for him or herself.

The political aspect of the way Pharoah enslaved a minority and the 
civil disobedience offered by the midwives are major topics in 
themselves.
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