The book of Exodus is called in Hebrew the book of Names, (Shemot). Why? What’s in a name and why does Torah repeat the names of the seventy souls of Israel who descended into Egypt when their names were already mentioned earlier in the book of Genesis? Torah has come to teach us a deep and essential lesson in self-knowledge.
Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)
Parashat Shemot is read on Shabbat:
Tevet 18, 5774/December 21, 2013