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Shemot Parshah Lesson

Shemot Parshah Lesson

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"Oh wow!" exclaimed Josh, "our classroom looks like we are in Egypt." Curious, Josh explored with his Hebrew School teacher the land of Egypt at the time when the Jews were enslaved there...

"It sure is hot here. Doesn't it ever rain? The rain would cool off the air and clear it up a bit."

"Oh no! It hardly ever rains here in Egypt."

"No rain?! Then how do the crops grow?"

"Why, from the Nile River, of course."

"The river? Do you mean we will have to draw buckets of water from the river to water our fields? That will take forever!"

"Not at all. The Nile River overflows, and streams of water gush into long irrigation ditches which stretch out for miles and bring water to the fields. Everyone depends upon the river to grow their food."

"In Egypt the people look down into a river. They depend upon it to make their crops grow."

"No wonder they worship the Nile River as a god."

"Life in Egypt makes people feel completely dependent on the Nile River. They are always looking down toward this natural force."

"Yeah, we all know the truth where it is coming from, the one Who created the river and that is G‑d."

"Sometimes," Josh said, "I often think that my life is similar to the Egyptians. But it is a mistake to feel that we are totally dependent on nature."

The truth is that G‑d controls everything, including nature. When we look up to the sky and ask G‑d for rain to water our fields, we remember that our food and our very lives depend upon Him.

Adapted from the writings of Rebbetzin Malka Touger, who is the author of many books for both children and adults. Her children's series on the Parsha can be purchased here.
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