Vaera

Exodus 6:2-9:35

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For full text in Hebrew and English, click here: Exodus 6:2-9:35

In this Torah portion, God tells Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh to demand freedom for the Israelites. Pharaoh refuses to free the Israelite slaves, and God unleashes plagues on the Egyptians. Pharaoh promises to free the Israelites and asks Moses to stop each plague, but each time, God hardens Pharaoh’s heart. The portion ends with the plague of hail stopping and Pharaoh changing his mind once again.

Click here for a summary of Vaera.
Click here for a summary of the Haftarah for Vaera.

Click here for the full text of Vaera in English.

frog plague
The second plague was frogs.

Text Studies

 

Social Action and Environmentalism

 

Overcoming Self-Doubt
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL

 

Lost in Translation
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS
What’s in a Name?
Cantor Martin Levson, Union for Reform Judaism

 

Exacerbating the Plagues
Evan Wolkenstein, AJWS
The True Essence of the Divine
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hillel

 

The Corruption of Water
Aviva Aiden-Presser, AJWS
Who Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart?
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

 

Four Steps of Liberation
Rabbi Toba Spitzer, socialaction.com
The Earth is the Lord’s
David Goldblatt, Canfei Nesharim

 

From the Denominations

 

Pluralism and Outreach

 

Bearing Fruit in Old Age
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University

 

Environmental Appreciation
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships
Thanks When Thanks Are Due
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Jewish Theological Seminary

 

Unwilling Audiences
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism

 

Brothers Bringing Redemption
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union

 

Part of a Process
Regina Stein, CLAL
Serpents & Snakes
Yossi Ziffer, UJA-Federation of New York

 

Multimedia

The Shechinah: A Supernal Mother
Dr. Sharon Koren, Women of Reform Judaism

 

Parshat Vaera Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

 

Parshat Vaera Challah
Julie Seltzer

 

Parshat Vaera for Families
Torah Topics for Today

 

Freedom Within Limits
Torah Topics for Today

 

Free Will
Torah Topics for Today






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For full text in Hebrew and English, click here: Exodus 6:2-9:35

In this Torah portion, God tells Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh to demand freedom for the Israelites. Pharaoh refuses to free the Israelite slaves, and God unleashes plagues on the Egyptians. Pharaoh promises to free the Israelites and asks Moses to stop each plague, but each time, God hardens Pharaoh’s heart. The portion ends with the plague of hail stopping and Pharaoh changing his mind once again.

Click here for a summary of Vaera.
Click here for a summary of the Haftarah for Vaera.

Click here for the full text of Vaera in English.

frog plague
The second plague was frogs.

Text Studies

 

Social Action and Environmentalism

 

Overcoming Self-Doubt
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL

 

Lost in Translation
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS
What’s in a Name?
Cantor Martin Levson, Union for Reform Judaism

 

Exacerbating the Plagues
Evan Wolkenstein, AJWS
The True Essence of the Divine
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hillel

 

The Corruption of Water
Aviva Aiden-Presser, AJWS
Who Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart?
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

 

Four Steps of Liberation
Rabbi Toba Spitzer, socialaction.com
The Earth is the Lord’s
David Goldblatt, Canfei Nesharim

 

From the Denominations

 

Pluralism and Outreach

 

Bearing Fruit in Old Age
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University

 

Environmental Appreciation
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships
Thanks When Thanks Are Due
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Jewish Theological Seminary

 

Unwilling Audiences
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism

 

Brothers Bringing Redemption
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union

 

Part of a Process
Regina Stein, CLAL
Serpents & Snakes
Yossi Ziffer, UJA-Federation of New York

 

Multimedia

The Shechinah: A Supernal Mother
Dr. Sharon Koren, Women of Reform Judaism

 

Parshat Vaera Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

 

Parshat Vaera Challah
Julie Seltzer

 

Parshat Vaera for Families
Torah Topics for Today

 

Freedom Within Limits
Torah Topics for Today

 

Free Will
Torah Topics for Today






Return to the index of weekly Torah portions.

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