by Liz Shallenberger - January 23, 2015
Bo covers the tail end of the Exodus, which is fodder for all kinds of discussions. Tonight I have decided to settle on the plague of darkness, and the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. As with every drash, I did my usual routine of picking over the commentary: and, as with every drash, I had more questions than answers. Is the darkness simply an effective scare tactic, or is it a metaphor for the absence of God’s light. Why does God harden Pharaoh’s heart, when it appears that Pharaoh is about to cave? I think the Hebrews were pretty well-convinced of the Egyptian leader’s despicable nature, by that point.
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by Mridula Aggarwal & Jeff Rein - January 16, 2015
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, the 25th of Tevet 5775, we consider an ancient liberation story during the commemoration of a recent one. Va’eira tells us of God’s promise of liberation for His people, and the first, dramatic steps towards its consummation. The dramatic events in this parashah parallel and have inspired freedom seekers across continents and centuries.
Va’eira opens with a grand series of promises from God to Moses, and to the Jews - to free the people, and restore them to the promised land. Keep your eyes on the prize, sayeth the Lord. Neither Moses, nor the Israelites, and certainly not Pharaoh, are ready for this transformation.
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