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Va-eira

Va-eira

I (God) Appeared [to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]
Exodus
6:2−9:35

God spoke to Moses and said to him, "I am the Eternal." - Exodus 6:2

Summary: 
  • Despite God's message that they will be redeemed from slavery, the Israelites' spirits remain crushed. God instructs Moses and Aaron to deliver the Israelites from the land of Egypt. (6:2-13)
  • The genealogy of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and their descendants is recorded. (6:14-25)
  • Moses and Aaron perform a miracle with a snake and relate to Pharaoh God's message to let the Israelites leave Egypt. (7:8-13)
  • The first seven plagues occur. God hardens Pharaoh's heart, and Pharaoh rescinds each offer to let the Israelites go. (7:14-9:35)

When do we read Va-eira?

2020 Jan 25
/28 Tevet, 5780
2021 Jan 16
/3 Shevat, 5781
2022 Jan 1
/28 Tevet, 5782

RECENT COMMENTARY

  • By Rabbi Reuven Greenvald

    a hand reaches up toward the sunsetWhen we meet Moses again at the beginning of Parashat Va-eira, there is a question about whether this portion is a continuation of last week’s episode or a new conversation. I’m wondering if the Rabbis who divided the Torah into weekly readings wanted to make it seem as if this is a new conversation.

    A short recap of the end of last week’s parashah will help us explore this question. After Pharaoh rebuffs Moses’ demands for liberation and increases the hardships on the Israelites, Moses brazenly confronts God:

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  • Torah for Teens

    God enlists Moses and Aaron to tell the people they will be freed, and they show God’s power to the Egyptians. The first seven plagues occur, and each time Pharaoh says he will not let the Israelites go. Listen to the rap to hear the first 7 plagues!  

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