Sh’mot – Exodus 1:1-6:1

This portion includes Moses being saved from death despite an order from Pharoah that young boys be killed. It also includes Moses’ being called by God to let his people go despite his own hesitations and lack of skill. A preacher on this day could encourage the congregation to be informed and inspired by these tales and to resist any attempt by the powers that be to control a woman’s reproductive choices and to do so whatever their hesitations might be about their ability or qualifications.

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