Parashat Bo

God brings the final three plagues on the Egyptians; the Israelites leave Egypt and receive the commandment to observe Passover.

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Remember This Day

Immediately, Pharaoh demanded Moses and the Jews leave Egypt. The Jews hurried from the land, carrying their unleavened dough before it could even rise into bread.

Moses said again God's commandment to the Israelites, "This is the law of the
Passover offering. You must remember this day as a covenant between Me and My people. Remember, this day you were freed from Egypt by God to go to the land of milk and honey. Remember, this day, for all generations and honor Me by not eating any leavened bread."

"Remember also," Moses said, "to redeem every first-born, whether animal
or child, so that your children will ask, 'what does this mean?' Then you can answer to them, 'It was with a mighty hand that the Lord brought us out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage.'"

Questions For Discussion

1) Why do you think God hardened Pharaoh's heart? Is there a time in your life when you feel God hardened someone's heart against you? How?

2) Have you ever felt that God brought plagues upon you or your family or even the Jewish people? Describe these plagues. Describe God's role in these plagues.

3) When in your life have you felt as if you were being freed from slavery?

4) Why do you think Passover, more than any other holiday, is the most celebrated holiday of Jews around the world? Why is it important to you?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

Nancy Reuben Greenfield has written three adaptations of the Torah, including an
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