Rabbi Sacks questions why the Creation narrative is told in only 34 verses, whereas the narrative of the construction of the Tabernacle is 1/3 of the book of Shemot. In Bereishit, the emphasis is on the beginning of a family; in Shemot, the family becomes a nation. Throughout Shemot, God performs wonders, the people are awed, then they complain, and complain some more….

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