Va-eira

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

Exodus 6:2−9:35 

When Is Va-eira Read?

/ 28 Tevet 5782
/ 28 Tevet 5783
/ 3 Shevat 5784

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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Va-eira Commentary

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Parashat Va'eira: The Ancient Plagues of Egypt

Check out possibly the best known Torah and Bible story - the ten plagues! A rousing "Let my people go" kicks of weeks of frogs and hail and boils, but Rabbi Katie Mizrahi explains that those weren't even the REAL plagues. Enjoy this video and others with BimBam.

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