Torah & Texts

Weekly Parsha: Beshalach

By Joshua Safran

“Are ya ready for G-d?!” Moses asks the Israelites in Parshat Beshalach, during their epic flight out of Egypt. With the miracle of G-d parting the Red Sea, narrator Joshua Safran — a women’s rights advocating attorney featured in award-winning documentary Crime After Crime and author of Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid — reveals the chain of knowledge that began with Moses, or Moshe, and the entire nation of Israel.

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