Exodus: From a Family to a Nation
The Book of Shemot takes us on a transformative journey from slavery in Egypt to an encounter with God at Har Sinai to the building of the Mishkan. Along the way, we witness the ups and downs, twists and turns, rivalries and epiphanies that contribute to the emergence of Am Yisrael as an independent entity with a newfound identity. At the helm stands, of course, Moshe Rabbeinu, whose own process of maturation develops alongside his people.
In this class with Rabbanit Yafit Clymer we delve into the text and centuries of commentary to follow the parallel trajectories of a nation and its leader. We will explore the major ideas, characters, motifs and patterns in this foundational sefer and learn valuable lessons about the Torah’s notions of leadership, law, society, freedom and, ultimately, how it all ties into our relationship with God
Rabbanit Yafit Clymer is a senior lecturer in Jewish Studies at the several Matan learning centers, at 'Emunah' and 'WebYeshiva'. She is a group instructor for various programs. Rabbanit Clymer is part of the steering committee of the 'Beit Hillel' organization and answers halachic questions online as a part of their Meshivat Nefesh project.