Commentary on Parashat Vaera, Exodus 6:2 - 9:35
Reprinted with permission from Torah Topics for Today.
There is a huge difference between living with the past and living in the past. You may have been cheated or verbally abused by someone close. A teacher’s words may have stung or a friend betrayed you. It is easy to be stuck with those memories of pain or hatred, but while we can’t change our past, we can certainly change our future.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS about ways to let go of the past in a productive way. (Perhaps you know a Holocaust survivor who was able to build a new life.)
CONNECT TO THEIR LIVES:
· Why do we like to hold on to feelings of anger or hate?
· Can you give an example of a time that you held on to a grudge or remained angry for a long time?
· Could you have learned something from that experience?
Pronunced: TORE-uh, Origin: Hebrew, the Five Books of Moses.