Torah Thoughts: Parashat Shemot 5780
Preserving Human Life
By Rabbi Rami Pavolotzky
This week we begin the book of Shemot, Exodus. It begins by telling us that a new king arose in Egypt who did not know Joseph. This new king saw that the Israelites were very numerous and, in fact, could threaten his kingdom. This Pharaoh taxed the Hebrews and forced them to work for him, but despite these hardships the Hebrew people continued to increase in number.
Pharaoh then decided to make harsher rules against the Israelites. He decreed that