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For Friday Night

Va'eira

Moses' attempt to gain freedom for the Jewish people has resulted only in an increased level of oppression. Last week's Sedra ends with him asking a question to G‑d: Why has only bad resulted from his obedience to G‑d's command?
Rabbi Eliezer says that each Plague actually consisted of four Plagues. Rabbi Akiva says not four, but five. Sitting at the Seder table, reciting from the wine-stained Haggadah, we hurry on towards the Matza, the bitter herbs and the meal. But what are these two Sages telling us today?
Perception and Power
What was the purpose of the plagues?
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