From: My Jewish Learning <community>
Date: Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 10:10 PM
Subject: Personalities of the Bible: How Miriam Set the Exodus in Motion
|She did even more than save her brother.
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|Personalities of the Bible
What you can learn from 12 fascinating and complex characters
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Welcome again to My Jewish Learning’s Personalities of the Bible email series. In our first three emails, we explored the lives of the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel.
This week, we jump forward in the Biblical narrative, to the point in time when the descendants of these foremothers and forefathers had grown to be a great number, an entire nation, and were enslaved in Egypt — until God set them free. This is the defining event of the Jewish people.
The story of the Exodus is set in motion when the Pharaoh of Egypt becomes afraid that a redeemer will be born among the Israelites and orders all of their baby boys killed. A group of women work secretly to oppose this decree. The Israelite midwives, Shifra and Puah, save the Israelite babies they help birth. An Israelite woman named Yocheved hides her child at home and then, when he grows too old to be hidden, sets him afloat on the Nile. Pharaoh’s daughter draws that baby out of the water, adopts him as her own, and names him Moses. And, crucially, Moses’ sister, Miriam, helps both to save her brother and then lead the Israelites out of Israel.
HERE IS MIRIAM’S STORY
Get to Know Miriam Better
Deeds Over Words: Miriam and Her Two Brothers
Miriam’s Cup: A Relatively New Addition to the Passover Seder Table
Miriam’s Legacy in Jewish Dance
Shifra and Puah: Midwives Who Birthed Israel
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