Now these are the names of Bnei-Yisrael who came to Egypt with Jacob, each man with his family:
Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;
Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
The souls that came out of the line of Jacob numbered 70 in all, while Joseph was already in Egypt.
As I spread out the 12 squares on the tatami mat and arrange them for my second challah cover, I think of this book we are in, which is Exodus, or Shemot, which is translated as `Names`...It is the first time I have written the names (of the 12 sons of Israel) in Hebrew. It is exciting to learn the letters that go together to make each one.
As I look at the 12 squares all set out, getting ready to embroider the letters onto the squares,
I think of our amazing Maker, the Creator of all things, and that He set out everything from the beginning.
"For I know the plans that I have in mind for you, declares ADONAI, "plans for shalom and not calamity---to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call on Me, and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you will search for Me with all your heart. Then I will be found by you," says ADONAI," and I will return you from exile, and gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says ADONAI, and I will bring you back to the place from which I removed you as captives into exile." ---Jeremiah 29:11~14
Please stay tuned as the challah cover continues. I hope to have it done before we leave the book of Exodus. Blessings and Shalom! Shavu`a Tov!
This week`s Torah portion is Parshat Bo, Enter!
The readings are:
Exodus 10:1 ~13:16
Jeremiah 46:13~28 (Haftarah)
Romans 9:14~29 (Brit Chadashah)