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Parashat Shemot is the 13th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.
Shemot (“Names”) is the first Torah reading in the Book of Exodus. It opens describing the enslavement of the Israelites in Egypt. Moses is born, placed in a basket on the Nile, and adopted into Pharaoh’s household. He later encounters God at a burning bush and begins his mission of demanding that Pharoah let the Israelites go. 
Haftarah for Sephardim: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 · 22 p’sukim