Portion 13.ii “And she called his name Moses”

Exodus 1,18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them:
‘Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men-children alive?’
19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh:
‘Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwife come unto them.’
20 And God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. 21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that He made them houses. 22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying:
‘Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.’ {P}

Exodus Chapter 2

1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bore a son; and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch; and she put the child therein, and laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him. 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the river; and her maidens walked along by the river-side; and she saw the ark among the flags, and sent her handmaid to fetch it. 6 And she opened it, and saw it, even the child; and behold a boy that wept. And she had compassion on him, and said:
‘This is one of the Hebrews’ children.’
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter:
‘Shall I go and call thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?’
8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her:
And the maiden went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her:
‘Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.’
And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses, and said:
‘Because I drew him out of the water.’


Writings:Psalms 65 “O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee doth all flesh come”

Psalms Chapter 65

1 For the Leader. A Psalm. A Song of David.

2 Praise waiteth for Thee, O God, in Zion;
and unto Thee the vow is performed.
3 O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee doth all flesh come.
4 The tale of iniquities is too heavy for me;
as for our transgressions, Thou wilt pardon them.
5 Happy is the man whom Thou choosest, and bringest near, that he may dwell in Thy courts; {N}
may we be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, the holy place of Thy temple!
6 With wondrous works dost Thou answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation; {N}
Thou the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of the far distant seas;
7 Who by Thy strength settest fast the mountains, who art girded about with might;
8 Who stillest the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples;
9 So that they that dwell in the uttermost parts stand in awe of Thy signs;
Thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
10 Thou hast remembered the earth, and watered her, greatly enriching her, with the river of God that is full of water; {N}
Thou preparest them corn, for so preparest Thou her.
11 Watering her ridges abundantly, settling down the furrows thereof, Thou makest her soft with showers;
Thou blessest the growth thereof.
12 Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness;
and Thy paths drop fatness.
13 The pastures of the wilderness do drop;
and the hills are girded with joy.
14 The meadows are clothed with flocks;
the valleys also are covered over with corn; {N}
they shout for joy, yea, they sing. {P}

Writings:Psalms 64 “Thence are their wounds”

Psalms Chapter 64

1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David.

2 Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
preserve my life from the terror of the enemy.
3 Hide me from the council of evil-doers;
from the tumult of the workers of iniquity;
4 Who have whet their tongue like a sword, and have aimed their arrow, a poisoned word;
5 That they may shoot in secret places at the blameless;
suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
6 They encourage one another in an evil matter;
they converse of laying snares secretly; {N}
they ask, who would see them.
7 They search out iniquities, they have accomplished a diligent search; {N}
even in the inward thought of every one, and the deep heart.
8 But God doth shoot at them with an arrow suddenly;
thence are their wounds.
9 So they make their own tongue a stumbling unto themselves;
all that see them shake the head.
10 And all men fear;
and they declare the work of God, and understand His doing.
11 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall take refuge in Him;
and all the upright in heart shall glory. {P

Portion 13.i “But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded”

Exodus Chapter 1

1 Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, who came into Egypt with Jacob; every man came with his household:
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls; and Joseph was in Egypt already. 6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. {P}

8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. 9 And he said unto his people:
‘Behold, the people of the children of Israel are too many and too mighty for us; 10 come, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there befalleth us any war, they also join themselves unto our enemies, and fight against us, and get them up out of the land.’
11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh store-cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And they were adread because of the children of Israel. 13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour. 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field; in all their service, wherein they made them serve with rigour. 15 And the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah; 16 and he said:
‘When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, ye shall look upon the birthstool: if it be a son, then ye shall kill him; but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.’
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men-children alive.

Writings:Psalms 62,63 ” Only for God wait thou in stillness, my soul “

[ Rest is the highest form of worship – 62.2

Shabbat Shalom,
Danny ]

Psalms Chapter 62

1 For the Leader; for Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

2 Only for God doth my soul wait in stillness;
from Him cometh my salvation.
3 He only is my rock and my salvation, my high tower, I shall not be greatly moved.
4 How long will ye set upon a man, that ye may slay him, all of you, {N}
as a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
5 They only devise to thrust him down from his height, delighting in lies; {N}
they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly.


6 Only for God wait thou in stillness, my soul;
for from Him cometh my hope.
7 He only is my rock and my salvation, my high tower, I shall not be moved.
8 Upon God resteth my salvation and my glory;
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
9 Trust in Him at all times, ye people;
pour out your heart before Him; {N}
God is a refuge for us.


10 Men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie; {N}
if they be laid in the balances, they are together lighter than vanity.
11 Trust not in oppression, and put not vain hope in robbery; {N}
if riches increase, set not your heart thereon.
12 God hath spoken once, twice have I heard this:
that strength belongeth unto God;
13 Also unto Thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy;
for Thou renderest to every man according to his work. {P}

Psalms Chapter 63

1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

2 O God, Thou art my God, earnestly will I seek Thee; {N}
my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee, {N}
in a dry and weary land, where no water is.
3 So have I looked for Thee in the sanctuary, to see Thy power and Thy glory.
4 For Thy lovingkindness is better than life;
my lips shall praise Thee.
5 So will I bless Thee as long as I live;
in Thy name will I lift up my hands.
6 My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness;
and my mouth doth praise Thee with joyful lips;
7 When I remember Thee upon my couch, and meditate on Thee in the night-watches.
8 For Thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of Thy wings do I rejoice.
9 My soul cleaveth unto Thee;
Thy right hand holdeth me fast.
10 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the nethermost parts of the earth.
11 They shall be hurled to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for foxes.
12 But the king shall rejoice in God; {N}
every one that sweareth by Him shall glory;
for the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped. {P}

parsha 12.vi,vii ” God meant it for good “

Genesis 49

27 Benjamin is a wolf that raveneth; in the morning he devoureth the prey, and at even he divideth the spoil.’
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is it that their father spoke unto them and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. 29 And he charged them, and said unto them:
‘I am to be gathered unto my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying-place. 31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. 32 The field and the cave that is therein, which was purchased from the children of Heth.’
33 And when Jacob made an end of charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and expired, and was gathered unto his people.

Genesis Chapter 50

1 And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. And the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him threescore and ten days. 4 And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke unto the house of Pharaoh, saying:
‘If now I have found favour in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying: 5 My father made me swear, saying: Lo, I die; in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come back.’
6 And Pharaoh said:
‘Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.’
7 And Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house; only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. 9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company. 10 And they came to the threshing-floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and there they wailed with a very great and sore wailing; and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said:
‘This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians.’
Wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan. 12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them. 13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field, for a possession of a burying-place, of Ephron the Hittite, in front of Mamre. 14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father. 15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said:
‘It may be that Joseph will hate us, and will fully requite us all the evil which we did unto him.’
16 And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying:
‘Thy father did command before he died, saying:
17 So shall ye say unto Joseph:
Forgive, I pray thee now, the transgression of thy brethren, and their sin, for that they did unto thee evil. And now, we pray thee, forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of thy father.’
And Joseph wept when they spoke unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said:
‘Behold, we are thy bondmen.’
19 And Joseph said unto them:
‘Fear not; for am I in the place of God? 20 And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not; I will sustain you, and your little ones.’
And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them. 22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house; and Joseph lived a hundred and ten years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation; the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were born upon Joseph’s knees. 24 And Joseph said unto his brethren:
‘I die; but God will surely remember you, and bring you up out of this land unto the land which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.’
25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying:
‘God will surely remember you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.’
26 So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old. And they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. {P}

Portion 12.v ” The blessings of thy father are mighty beyond the blessings of my progenitors “

Genesis 49,{S} 19 Gad, a troop shall troop upon him; but he shall troop upon their heel.
{S} 20 As for Asher, his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
{S} 21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
{S} 22 Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine by a fountain; its branches run over the wall. 23 The archers have dealt bitterly with him, and shot at him, and hated him; 24 But his bow abode firm, and the arms of his hands were made supple, by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, from thence, from the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel, 25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee, and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee, with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that coucheth beneath, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.
26 The blessings of thy father are mighty beyond the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of the prince among his brethren. {P}