Exodus 1:1
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1  These are the names of the sons of Yisrael who came to Egypt with Yaakov, each coming with his household:

v’-AY-leh sh’-MOT b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL ha-ba-EEM mitz-RA-y’-mah AYT ya-a-KOV EESH u’-vay-TO BA-u

א  וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַבָּאִים מִצְרָיְמָה אֵת יַעֲקֹב אִישׁ וּבֵיתוֹ בָּאוּ׃

 1:1   These are the names

Sefer Shemot starts with the letter vav (ו), which signifies the conjunction ‘and,’ thus connecting it to the end of Sefer Bereishit. In fact, the passages beginning with Shemot 1:1 and Bereishit 46:8 are practically identical, each containing a list of Yaakov’s descendants who accompanied him to Egypt. The end of Sefer Bereishit describes the children of Yaakov leaving their homeland and descending to Egypt. Sefer Shemot continues the story of the exile and the subsequent miraculous redemption, and is therefore a direct continuation of Sefer Bereishit. However, the story does not end with the conclusion of Sefer Shemot. While the slavery itself comes to an end with the exodus from Egypt, the ultimate redemption comes only with the reunification of the Children of Israel and their homeland, as described in Sefer Yehoshua.

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  • Genesis 48:16: (Yaakov speaking) The Angel who has redeemed me from all harm— the lads. In them may my name be recalled, And the names of my fathers Avraham and Yitzchak, And may they be teeming multitudes upon the earth.”
    Genesis 48:22: (Yaakov again speaking) And now, I assign to you one portion more than to your brothers, which I wrested from the Amorites with my sword and bow.”

    In essence, Yosef’s inheritance was divided between his two sons who were born to him in Egypt, thereby making 13 tribes. However, when the children of Y’srael inherited the promised land, Eretz Yisrael, Levi was given no land inheritance among the sons of Yaakov—the land was then partitioned among the twelve remaining tribes, of whom now were Efraim and Menashe.

  • The name of the midwife is specified here. I wonder if there is a special meaning for these 2 names.

  • 2 Reuven, Shimon, Levi, and Yehudah; ב רְאוּבֵן שִׁמְעוֹן לֵוִי וִיהוּדָה. 3 Yissachar, Zevulun, and Binyamin; ג יִשָּׂשכָר זְבוּלֻן וּבִנְיָמִן.
    4 Dan and Naftali, Gad and Asher. ד דָּן וְנַפְתָּלִי גָּד וְאָשֵׁר.
    5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Yaakov were seventy souls; and Yosef was in Egypt already.
    ה וַיְהִי כָּל נֶפֶשׁ יֹצְאֵי יֶרֶךְ יַעֲקֹב שִׁבְעִים נָפֶשׁ וְיוֹסֵף הָיָה בְמִצְרָיִם.
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    Here we have the names of the 12 sons of Ya'akov, 11 of whom came to Mitzraim to escape the famine in the Land of Y'srael. These men came with their families and are counted as 70 persons.
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    Many, many years later, these names will leave Mitraim with the addition of Ephraim & Mannassah, but they will still be counted as 12 tribes of Y'srael and the numbers counted under these names will be far greater. The numbers will clearly prove that Elohim's prophesy and promise to our Father Avraham were first fulfilled in this generation. Some would like to consider the fullfillment complete with the present day return of part of the tribe of Yehudah, some of Levi and a few scattered others, but that would make the promise of Elohim to restore all of Y'srael untrue and we know that's not possible.
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    We also know that the great numbers counted in the Book of Shemot consist of a very large number of people from many other tongues, tribes and nations that left Mitzaim to follow after the YAH of Avraham, Yitzak and Ya'acov. Moshe never makes a count of the people to separate out who's natural seed and who was "adopted" into the 12 tribes.
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    I had to stop and wonder why we didn't know the numbers of who was natural seed and who was simply accepted into the 12 tribes because of their heart and willingness to follow after Elohim. We will make this whole journey through the wilderness together as ONE people and you will never see a division into the two aforementioned groups. It gave me a lot to think about.
    Baruch Hashem.

    • I wonder of those who as you write were 'simply accepted into the twelve tribes' were circumcised?

    • Fascinating name— bless God!
      How intense!

  • I am a fan of the S Fiction series, Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Space 1999. I want to share an episode on Space 1999, the Commander , Martin L after a series of explosions on the moon due to the build up of nuclear materials, outlines a plan of action, Exodus 2 . This reminded me of the story of Exodus ……………….. Shalom………………Angelo and Lena….

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