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Beyond the 4 AmotThe Land Brings It All Together
A short video connectecting the land of Israel to the Parasha.
  • The Land Brings It All Together
    In this week's Torah reading, G-D lays for Moshe the plan for redemption. The order in the Parasha is different than the order we say during Birkat Hamazon.
  • Insights
    Trusting Hashem
    A Shiur by Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed for the weekly portion "Va'era".
  • שיג ושיח
    The Weighing of the Heart
    A Shiur by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for the weekly portion "Va'era".
  • More about Devarim
    When we read our parasha carefully, we can notice an important linguistic change. Whereas throughout this section of the Torah, Hashem’s word is introduced with the word “vayomer,” in the beginning of this parasha the word “vayedaber” is mentioned eleven times for His speech. Our parasha also describes three plagues with which Hashem afflicted Egypt, the middle one being dever, which shares the same Hebrew root as vayedaber and is also sometimes written as “davar.” The common denominator between the three plagues in the parasha is that none of them included use of Moshe’s staff.
  • Of Frogs and Sanctification
    Most people find it fascinating to discover that the great tzadikim, Chananyah, Mishael and Azaryah, learned from the frogs in this week’s Parsha that there is a mitzvah to die al kiddush Hashem. Stay tuned to find out…
  • Frogs and Embarrassment
    The phenomenon of “shaming” on social media has proven to be very dangerous. The dangers are many times worse when it involves children and adolescents. We will take a look at the matter through the lens of the parasha and even suggest a partial solution. One of the great miracles that led up to the freeing of our forefathers from Egypt was that of the frogs. “The Nile will be full of frogs, and they we will come out and enter your houses, your bedrooms, and your beds, and in the houses of your servants and in your nation, and in your ovens and your food” (Shemot 7:28). Chazal pick up on the proximity of mention of the oven and the food and point out that the food is near the oven when the two are hot, which shows us that the frogs entered the oven when they were being used for cooking, showing that the frogs risked their lives in order to sanctify Hashem’s Name. They derived that specifically the frogs that entered the hot ovens survived and were able to return to the Nile, while the rest of the frogs died and smelled up the Land of Egypt (Midrash Shochar Tov 28).
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