Daily Chumash Sunday, Vaeira: Hashem responds to Moshe’s accusations


Parshas Vaeira

Pesukim: 121 [Siman: גיבעול]

Haftorah: Yechezkal 28:25-29:21

Number of Mitzvos:

There are no Positive or Negative commands mentioned in Parshas Vaeira.



Hashem responds to Moshe’s accusations:

Hashem told Moshe that He had appeared to his forefathers, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov with his name Shakaiy and did not make His name Havaya known to them. He had established His covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan. Now, “I have also heard the cry of the Jewish people who are enslaved in Egypt, and I have remembered my covenant.”


The Torah recounts Moshe’s appointment to approach Pharaoh:

  • Hashem instructed Moshe “Now, go tell the Jewish people that I will take them out from the Egyptian slavery, with an outstretched arm and great wonders. I will take you for me as a nation, and I will be your G-d. You will know that I am Hashem your G-d who takes you out of the burdens of Egypt. I will bring you to the land that I promised your forefathers and give it to you as an inheritance.”
  • Moshe spoke these words to the Jewish people, but was ignored due to the enormous work and labor.
  • Hashem spoke to Moshe saying, “Go speak to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and tell him to send the Jewish people from his land.” Moshe replied back to Hashem, “If even the Jewish people would not listen to me, how can I expect Pharaoh to listen, and I have a speech impairment.” Hashem spoke to Moshe and Aaron, commanding them regarding Bnei Yisrael and Pharaoh, to take the Jewish people out of Egypt.

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