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Va’era: Sight words

Last week in Shemot, after Moses had run away from Egypt after killing a man, he was wandering in the wilderness with his flock and “he looked and he saw a bush all aflame.  Moses said, ‘I must turn aside … Continue reading

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Va’era: In the court of kings or fools

“Adonai said to Moses, “Look, I have given you (set you in the role) as God to Pharaoh, with your brother Aaron as your prophet.” (Ex 7:1) As if Moses wasn’t elevated enough in the community’s eyes, you would think, … Continue reading

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Va’era: Needing a hardened heart

“I will harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 7:3) Making Pharaoh’s heart heavy, making it “kaved”, (Hebrew root letters k’v’d) God sets in motion the plagues that will be visited upon Egypt. By making Pharaoh’s heart heavy, Pharaoh can’t see God and … Continue reading

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Va’era: See me, feel me, touch me, hear me

“The Israelites would not listen to me; how then should Pharaoh heed me?” (Ex 6:12) Moses is such a reluctant leader at the beginning of his mission.  He’s already turned God down a few times back at the Burning Bush.  … Continue reading

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Va’era: Can you hear me now?

It’s ironic that I am at a loss for words when confronted with this particular parasha, Va’era. (Don’t worry, it passed, evidenced by the fact that this actually got posted!) This is when Moses comes before Pharoah, tries over and … Continue reading

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