Parsha Shemot Discussion Questions

As we read from the Book of Shmot, every week we will be posting discussion questions that we hope families will use to discuss the Torah portion over Shabbat.

This week’s discussion questions were developed by this past summer’s Machon campers, when they were in Shoafim.   We encourage you to post any of your family’s answers to the questions in the comments section below.


Parsha Shemot Discussion Questions

Developed by Rachel Nassau, Kfir Marcus, and Debbie-Lee Baskir

  • As the Israelites grew in numbers, the Egyptians oppressed them even more.  Why do you think the Egyptians were so scared of the Israelites?
  • The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years.  Why do you think at this specific time God decided to free them from slavery?
  • What is the significance of the bush not being consumed?  Have you ever seen anything that you couldn’t believe or that you knew had some greater significance?
  • Why do you think Moshe was scared to look at God when he had the opportunity?  Would you be scared to look at God?
  • When God was speaking to Moshe, he often referred back to Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov.  Why do you think God referenced the patriarchs so much when convincing Moshe to help free the Israelites from slavery?
  • Do you think God already had a plan for the 10 plagues in God’s mind before they actually happened?

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