Feb 02

שמות Exodus for Nitzanim (1st-2nd)

Click here to listen to שמות (Shmot–Exodus) Ch. 1-15 for Nitzanim children.

First graders listening to Exodus.

First graders listening to Exodus.

This is the version of שמות (Shmot–Exodus) Ch. 6-15 that we’re using with Nitzanimers. It is adapted from With A Mighty Hand by Amy Ehrlich.

The 10 Plagues, Exodus Ch. 6-10

Out of vengeance, Adonai brought 10 plagues on the Egyptians.

דם Blood

צפרדע Frogs

כינים Lice

ערוב Wild animals

דבר Cattle disease

שחין Boils

ברד Hail

ארבה Locust

חשך Darkness

מכת בכורות Death of the firstborn


A Passover Offering, Exodus Ch. 11 שמות יא

Adonai said to Moses,

“I will bring one last plague upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt.

You must stand again before Pharaoh and he will set you free.


Then Moses said to Pharaoh, “Adonai says this:

‘At midnight I will go out among the Egyptians

And every firstborn in the land of Egypt will die–

from the firstborn of Phraraoh on his throne

to the firstborn of the slave girl

and all the firstborn of the cattle.

And there will be a great crying through the land of Egypt,

such as has never been nor ever will be again.

But not a dog will snarl at the Israelites–

and then you will know how I separate My people from Egypt.’”

And hot anger rose in Moses as he went away from Pharaoh.


And Adonai said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,

“Speak to the Israelites saying:

‘I will go through the land of Egypt,

and on this night I will strike down every firstborn in Egypt.

I am Adonai,

And the blood on your houses will be a sign–

I will see it and pass over you and you will not be destroyed.’”

The people bowed low

and did what Adonai had commanded Moses and Aaron.


Adonai’s Army, Exodus Ch. 12 שמות יב

And now at midnight

Adonai struck down every firstborn

in the land of Egypt,

from the firstborn of

Pharaoh on his throne

to the firstborn of

the prisoners in the dungeon

to every firstborn of the beasts.


Pharaoh arose at night,

he and his servants and all Egypt,

and there was a great cry in the land,

for in every house someone was dead.


He called Moses and Aaron to him and said,

“Go out from here, you and the Israelites with you!

Go, worship God as you said!

Take your sheep and your cattle–go, and may you bring a blessing on me also.”

And Egypt urged the people to leave, saying,

“Or we will all be dead.”


The Israelites took their dough in bowls

wrapped in their clothing.

They journeyed

six hundred thousand men on foot,

and the women and children.

And they baked the dough they had brought into flatbread,

for it had not risen.

The people had been driven out of Egypt and could not delay.


The Waters Split Apart, Exodus Ch. 14 שמות יד

Pharaoh was told that the people had fled, and his heart changed.

He said, “Why did we let them go?”

Then he readied his chariot and he took six hundred warriors,

and their chariots and their captains.


Adonai hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt,

and they chased after the Israelites camped by the sea.


The Israelites lifted up their eyes,

and here, Egypt was coming toward them!

They were very afraid and they cried out to Adonai.

And they said to Moses,

“Why did you take us out to die in the wilderness?

Were there not enough graves in Egypt?

What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt?”

Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid!

Be strong and Adonai will deliver you.

The Egyptians that you see today you will never see again.”


And Adonai said to Moses,

“Let the Israelites go forward.

And you–you must raise your staff, stretch it above the sea,

and split it apart

so that the Israelites can come through the sea on dry ground.

But I will harden the heart of Egypt so that they come after you,

and the Egyptians will know that I am Adonai.”


And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea.

And Adonai drove it back with a roaring east wind.

The waters split apart and He made a path.

The Israelites came into the sea on dry ground,

the waters a wall for them on their right and on their left.


Pharaoh came after them,

with all his chariots and warriors and horses.

At dawn Adonai set the Egyptian army into a panic.

He locked the wheels of their chariots making it difficult to move.

Egypt said, “Let us flee from the Israelites,

for Adonai is fighting for them against Egypt.”


Then Adonai said to Moses,

“Stretch your hand over the sea.”

And Moses stretched his hand over the sea,

and the waters turned back

and covered the chariots and horses of the Egyptians.

And Adonai flung the Egyptians into the sea.

Not one of them remained.

But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground,

and they saw the hand that Adonai had raised against Egypt.

And the people feared Adonai and they trusted in Him,

and in Moses, His servant.


With Timbrels and Dancing, Exodus Ch. 15 שמות טו

Then Moses and the Israelites sang a song to Adonai, saying:

“I will sing to Adonai,

for He has triumphed, yes, triumphed.

The horse and its rider He flung into the sea!

The waters covered them over.

They went down deep like a stone.


Your right hand, Adonai,

shattered the enemy.

With the breath of Your nostrils,

waters piled up.

The gushing streams stood like walls.


Who is like You among the gods, O Adonai!

Who is like You, mighty in holiness,

awesome in magnificence, worker of wonders!

You will bring them and plant them in your own mountain,

The place you made for them to live in, O Adonai!

The sanctuary which Your hands have crafted

Adonai will reign forever!”


Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister,

took a tambourine in her hand,

and all the women went after her, with timbrels and dancing.

And Miriam sang to them:

“I will sing to Adonai,

for He has triumphed, yes triumphed.

The horse and its rider

He flung into the sea!”


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