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Baby Basket Gridlock on the Nile
Va’eira Parshah Report
Senior Weather/Catastrophe Correspondent Jono gives us a meteorological look at the ten plagues.
A Sense of Gratitude
Let’s not leave empty handed…
How a Young Boy Saved His Sister from the Nazis
Parshat Vaeira
The miraculous story of how Yitzchak Slutzky freed his sister from a sadistic Nazi commander.
Va’eira - Blood and Frogs
The story of the Exodus has been told a million times over. True, the ancient tale of miracles and plagues is rich and colorful, but does it carry any personal meaning for us in our modern age?
Torah in Ten: Va'eira
Topics include: The secret of mastering your own internal "Pharaoh," why Moses was born 130 years after the Jews came to Egypt, blood and frogs as a lesson in passion and coolness, and shortness of breath as a metaphor for the distractions of modern life.
Where a Jew Prays
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Where a Jew Prays
Practical Parshah—Va’eira
Moses would not pray anywhere within Pharaoh’s capital city, because it was full of idols. Where—besides for a synagogue—can a Jew pray? Where is a Jew forbidden to pray?
Moses: The Speechless Leader!
Learn the true art of effective communication
When G-d instructed Moses to go down to Egypt and speak to Pharaoh, Moses protested that he was unfit for the task due to his speech impediment. G-d responded that He would grant Moses the ability to speak and, furthermore, Aaron would act as his spokesperson. Strangely, before Moses approaches Pharaoh he again posits the very same argument only to receive the very same answer! This class will explain the subtle but critical difference between the two scenarios and in so doing will offer a valuable lesson in the art of effective communication.
Moses’ Speech Impediment
Parshah Power - Va’eira
When G-d instructs Moses to speak to Pharaoh, Moses objects that he is speech impaired. Why would G-d’s agent to communicate His word be challenged in this ability itself?
Moses and Pharaoh, Good and Bad Speech
Parsha Va'eira
The Torah tells us (Exodus 7:7) "Moses was 80 years old... when he spoke to Pharaoh." The number 80 is represented in Hebrew by the letter "pei" which hints to the word "peh" meaning "mouth." It was at this age that Moses confronted Pharaoh--the letters of whose name spell "peh rah" or "mouth of evil."
Four Expressions of Redemption
How to Study Torah - Va'eira
When we celebrate our freedom at the Passover Seder, we have Four Cups, Four Children and Four Questions. But they all come from the original "four" of the Torah: The Four Expressions of Redemption.
Parsha Gems: Va'eira
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Mnemonics: Va'eira
Decoding the hidden messages
Was Moses a Poor Communicator?
Parshah Curiosities: Va'eira
Twice in the narrative we find Moses protesting and resisting G-d’s mission to tell Pharaoh to let the Jews go due to his difficulty to speak and sealed mouth. What was the remedy to this speech impediment, and why was he challenged this way in his role to be a powerful communicator?
Our Ancestral Lingua Franca
Parsha Curiosities: Va'eira
A brief introduction about Moses’ first sermon (authored by G-d Himself!) – the language of its delivery and how the assembled would have understood it – takes a remarkable turn, segueing into mysterious language legends regarding the literary and spoken communication of our enslaved Hebrew ancestors. Peeling away layer after layer, we are introduced to remarkable communication codes that set us apart, despite the absence of unique national markings in ancient Egypt.
The Plague of Blood Explained
A closer look at the plague of blood on five different levels understanding.
Why Does G-d Test Us?
A Taste of Text—Va’eira
Times of extraordinary illumination from above are preceded by periods of profound darkness.
Choosing How You See, Chooses What You Get
Is the glass half empty or half full? We know that a positive outlook can transform the way we experience life. But what about those really hard times, when seeing any good, having any kind of vision, seems impossible. Learn a new perspective, and the possibilities it can open up.
The Source of Salvation
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vaeira
Speaking Truth to Power
A story and message from the parsha on exercising extraordinary courage against unjust authority.
Don’t Leave a Vacuum
Growing Weekly: Parshat Va'eira
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