The Portion of Va’era

Jan 11, 2015

Photo credit: Yehoshua Halevi

וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי יְהֹוָה׃

Hashem spoke to Moshe and said to him, “I am Hashem.

Exodus 6:2

וַיַּכְבֵּד פַּרְעֹה אֶת־לִבּוֹ גַּם בַּפַּעַם הַזֹּאת וְלֹא שִׁלַּח אֶת־הָעָם׃

But Pharaoh became stubborn this time also, and would not let the people go.

Exodus 8:28

In this week’s portion, God reassures Moses that, despite the seemingly bleak outlook, all is going according to His plan. He then sends Moses back to Pharaoh to repeat His demands. The portion also outlines Moses’s genealogy and relates the account of the the first seven plagues.

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