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Category: VaEira

Two (Or Three) Versions of the Plague of Blood (Hebrew)

by Dr. Leeor Gottlieb Posted on October 27, 2016

The Divine Plan of the Ten Plagues

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 21, 2016

Although the plagues may seem like random punishments, they are actually a Divine plan to teach the Egyptians some fundamental lessons. Consider for example the first plague of water turning into blood. It can, as the Midrash points out, be seen as an attack on the Egyptian god, the Nile River. The point of this Continue Reading »

A Leader to (or of) the People?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 7, 2016

There are two types of leaders. The first comes to the people with a vision, bringing a message from on high down to those whom they would lead. The second emerges from within the people; they have internalized the people’s deepest concerns and passions and can crystallize and articulate their inchoate longings. The goal of Continue Reading »

Becoming a People of Faith

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 15, 2015

Moshe tells the children of Israel that he is coming as God’s messenger to take them out of the bondage of Egypt and to bring them to the land of Canaan. To Pharaoh, however, a different message is given:┬áSend out the people for three days so that they can celebrate to God in the wilderness. Continue Reading »

What’s in a Name?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 27, 2013

Va’era opens with a powerful, yet quizzical, declaration – “And God spoke to Moshe and said to him: I am God. And I appeared to Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov with El-Shaddai, but by my name God (YHVH) I was not known to them” (Shemot 6:3). All the commentators are troubled, for certainly God used his Continue Reading »