Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 6, 2013

VaAira – And I Appeared

This week’s Torah reading is called VaAira – And I Appeared.

We have the beginning of the famous 10 Plagues.  These were attempts or signs to convince Pharoh to let the Jewish people go.  From the onset, Pharoh has his magicians more or less duplicate the signs or early plagues that Moshe and Aaron display, with the help of the Al-mighty.  Moshe even removes the plague of frogs at the exact time Pharoh requests.  All of this to no avail.  Pharoh refuses to listen to the signs or plagues.

In our lives we are often shown signs.  We, too, have the free choice.  (Pharoh initially had the free choice as well to obey the early signs and plagues.)  Sometimes they are sort of cloudy and sometimes they are quite apparent.  The choice is ours.

In the release of the Jews from exile the plagues take on a stronger level until finally #10, the Killing of the 1st Born.  This is the breaker for Pharoh and the Egyptian nation.  The Jewish nation is set free.  Had Pharoh let the Jewish nation go, let us say at plague #3, he and his fellow Egyptians still would have had their first born sons.

We are told that our exile is due to Sinas Chinum –  hatred for no reason.  Have we not seen enough signs?  This week marks the 200th anniversary of the Baal HaTanya, the author of the Tanya, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, passing away.  He was a follower of the Baal Shem Tov, the Founder of Chassidus, who stressed Ahavas Yisroel – the love of a fellow Jew, the medicine of our time.  Are we taking our medicine?  The Baal Shem Tov was told that when his teachings have spread all over, the Final Redemption would come.  We are indeed publishing the Tanya all over the world, an external activity.  Are we taking our medicine of the Baal Shem Tov’s teachings and continued by the Baal HaTanya – an internal activity?


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