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Va’eira in a Nutshell

Va’eira in a Nutshell

Exodus 6:2–9:35


G‑d reveals Himself to Moses. Employing the “four expressions of redemption,” He promises to take out the Children of Israel from Egypt, deliver them from their enslavement, redeem them, and acquire them as His own chosen people at Mount Sinai; He will then bring them to the land He promised to the Patriarchs as their eternal heritage.

Moses and Aaron repeatedly come before Pharaoh to demand in the name of G‑d, “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness.” Pharaoh repeatedly refuses. Aaron’s staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcerers. G‑d then sends a series of plagues upon the Egyptians.

The waters of the Nile turn to blood; swarms of frogs overrun the land; lice infest all men and beasts. Hordes of wild animals invade the cities; a pestilence kills the domestic animals; painful boils afflict the Egyptians. For the seventh plague, fire and ice combine to descend from the skies as a devastating hail. Still, “the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he would not let the children of Israel go, as G‑d had said to Moses.”

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Richard Wassersug Vancouver January 8, 2016

The plague of frogs is a mistranslation צְפַרְדֵעַ
The behavior described fits very closely that of the common toad in Egypt, which is toxic. I believe that צְפַרְדֵעַ has been mistranslated a frog rather than toad for centuries Reply

Yosef Dallas, Texas January 5, 2016

Egypt is a metaphor for idolatry and assimilation and therefore a message that's still very timely today in individual lives. Reply

Manuel Garcia South Texas January 15, 2015

I agree with Gary Cohen. It encourages you to read n become a better person.

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Gary Cohen December 25, 2013

Each time I read a comment, a summary of a Torah portion, or just any relevant item, it encourages me and gives greater momentum and significance to my own efforts to study even a little each day and practice even a little each day.
As I recollect the times I went to Hebrew school and various synagogues as a child... How enjoyable it was! ... How I yearn to experience those feelings again!
Now, so many years later, it's more and more important to me to encourage and educate my children to experience, so to be able to recollect such times themselves as they get older.
I want them to learn more than I did. And it will benefit them, of that I have no doubt. Reply

Anonymous Hawaii January 7, 2018
in response to Gary Cohen:

It is encouraging and supportive for your childern and you to share this journey. Although I do not always,agree with the orthodox articicial seperation of men and woman and not having women for allyah, there is so.much meaning brought to one's family thru loving G-D Reply

Anonymous 11374 December 22, 2013

So deep Egypt is a metaphor for the world without G-d Reply

Anonymous Tucson, az December 31, 2010

Drash This article helped me form some ideas I want to share with my study friends about V"ayra. Thanks You Reply

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