I (God) Appeared [to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]

Exodus 6:2−9:35 

When Is Va-eira Read?

/ 25 Tevet 5785
/ 28 Tevet 5786
/ 1 Shevat 5787


  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Va-eira Commentary

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Not One Remained

By: Jonathan K. Crane

There are many magical moments in this week’s parashah. One was when Aaron cast his rod down in front of Pharaoh and his courtiers and behold! It turned into a serpent (Exodus 7:10).

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Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat Va-eira in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

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