Note: Sh'mot is also the Hebrew name of the book of Exodus. This article is about the first section or parsha, which is also named Sh'mot.

Sh'mot is the first parsha in Exodus (Exodus 1:1-6:1). It picks up generations after Joseph invited his family to join him in Egypt. Their descendants have grown numerous causing concern with the Pharaoh and the people of Egypt. Moses is saved from a killing of the sons by his sister Miriam. Later he kills an Egyptian and flees, finds a wife, Tzipporah in Midian. While tending sheep for his father-in-law, he encounters the burning bush where G-d tells him to go back to Egypt and tell the Pharaoh to free the Hebrews (not generally referred to as Israelites or Jews yet). Moses takes his brother Aaron with him to approach the Pharaoh.

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Alternative spellings: Sh'mot, Shmot, שְׁמוֹת, Shemot

The word sh'mot (שְׁמוֹת) means names.


Book Parashot
Bereshit / Genesis Bereshit (parsha) Noach Lekh-L'kha Vayera Haye Sarah Toldot Vayetze Vayishlah Vayeshev Miketz Vayigash Vayehi
Sh'mot / Exodus Sh'mot (parsha) Vaera Bo B'shalah Yitro Mishpatim Terumah Tetzaveh Ki Tissa Vayakhel Pekudei
Vayikra / Leviticus Vayikra (parsha) Tzav Shemini Tazria Metzora Ahare Mot Kedoshim Emor B'har B'hukotai
B'midbar / Numbers B'midbar (parsha) Naso B'ha'alotekha Shlah Korah Hukkat Balak Pinhas Mattot Masei
D'varim / Deuteronomy D'varim (parsha) Va'et'hanan Ekev Re'eh Shoftim Ki Tetze Ki Tavo Nitzavim Vayelekh Ha'azinu V'zot Haberakhah