Vaera

Exodus 6:2-9:35

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In this Torah portion, God tells Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh to demand freedom for the Israelites from slavery. 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

 

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 Unversity
Environmental Appreciation
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships
Thanks When Thanks Are Due
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Jewish Theological Seminary
Unwilling Audiences
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Institute
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
Parashat Vaera Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Parashat Vaera Challah
Julie Seltzer
Parashat Vaera for Families
Torah Topics for Today
Freedom Within Limits
Torah Topics for Today
Free Will
Torah Topics for Today







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To read the full text in English translation, click here.

In this Torah portion, God tells Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh to demand freedom for the Israelites from slavery. 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

 

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 Unversity
Environmental Appreciation
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships
Thanks When Thanks Are Due
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Jewish Theological Seminary
Unwilling Audiences
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Institute
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
Parashat Vaera Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Parashat Vaera Challah
Julie Seltzer
Parashat 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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