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In Parshat Beshalach, we read about the Jewish nation being a group of whiners and complainers. You might expect, after years of slavery and harsh conditions, that the Israelites would be overjoyed by their freedom. Finally – a free nation!
The next thing we would expect to read, in Exodus 13:17–17:16, is a story of gratitude and love for God. But the honeymoon is over before it even begins. The Israelites are hungry; they are thirsty; they contemplate if it would have been better to have died in Eygpt.
How can the Israelites complain after God freed them from hundreds of years slavery? How did they lose faith so quickly? This Beshalach Parsha video dives into Exodus in search of the answers to these big questions.
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