The taste of Shabbat – Parshat Ve’ara 5776

The taste of Shabbat – Parshat Ve’ara 5776

Rav Mordechai Elon

Va'era, like many other parshot in the Torah, is a direct continuation from its predecessor – Shemot. However this is especially true in our parsha – as Parshat Shemot ends with a question, perhaps the most difficult G'd has ever been asked, and a question left in the air – waiting for the answer at the beginning of our Parsha. After the working conditions in the camps of Pitam and Raamses were made worse from what they were before Moshe started to ask Pharoah to allow us to leave Egypt,and Moshe's relationship with the Jewish leadership is at an all-time low – Moshe asks G'd the following harsh question:
“And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said: 'Lord, wherefore hast Thou dealt ill with this people? why is it that Thou hast sent me?” (Exodus 5:22)
If you had just sent me and I had been unsuccessful I could except it but
“For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Thy name, he hath dealt ill with this people; neither hast Thou delivered Thy people at all.” (ibid 23)

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