Parasha summaries are quoted or derived from MyJewishLearning.com
In this Torah portion, Exodus 13:17-17:16, God tells Moses to have the Israelites set up camp at the Sea of Reeds, but then Pharaoh changes his mind about freeing the Israelites and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on the Israelites’ tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Egyptians enter, God closes the waters, and the Egyptians drown. Miriam leads all the Israelite women in song and dance to celebrate. Soon after, the Israelites begin to complain about life in the desert. God provides quail and manna to feed them. The Israelites battle the Amalekites and win.
The Haftarah is Judges 4:4-5:31. It tells the story of prophet and judge Deborah; how she inspired Barak to gather an army and defeat the forces led by Sisera; and how Deborah and Barak chanted a song of victory after the battle.
The image below shows the Israelites escaping from Egypt. It is a Bible card produced by the Providence Lithograph Company in 1907.