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Summary

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

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Parashat Vaera

Exodus 6:2 - 9:35

Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21

Who Really Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart?

Was God responsible for the Egyptian leader's intransigence?

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