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What's In A Name?

The Meaning Of The Name "Shmot"

Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman



Have you ever wondered why The Book of Shmot is called 'Shmot' – meaning 'Names'? In English, we translate it to Exodus – and that seems to make sense! There was an EXODUS from Egypt! And the entire book revolves around that Exodus! We're told the story of the Israelites, their enslavement, how God redeemed them and brought them out with signs and wonders! ...So where do the names come in?

Turns out that names play a larger role in the story of Shmot than you may have thought. Join Rabbi Fohrman in uncovering the meaning behind the name, and names of Shmot.