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Va'era "And I Appeared" Exodus 6:2-9:35    
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  • Ex 2:2 And Ha-Shem spoke to Moshe, and said to him, I am
    Existence and I appeared to Avraham, to Yizhaq, and to
    Ya'akov, by the name of God Almighty, but by My name,
    HaShem, I was not known to them
laws of nature. Ha-Shem revealed himself in a greater way to Moshe with his divine name in preparation of the
giving and teaching of the Torah. Taking control of ourselves and willingness to do the work of the creator through
the thought process and listening to them. This, the Spirit or Ruach of the creation coupled with purifying
ourselves through Torah observance we know what is from above, and what is not. HaShem always keeps a
promise, he heard the call from his people in an evil slavery, and responds to it. What can be learned from the
redemption that we can relate to in the present day

  • Ex 2:5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Yisrael, kept in bondage by Mizrayim (Egypt);
    and I have remembered My covenant  

It is an unacceptable notion that HaShem could actually literally forget the people and his promise to them.
Another poetic lesson by the Hebrew sages in how HaShem becomes more directly involved, but only after he
was called upon. It is the people who call to HaShem for redemption and so it is to be his people

  • Ex 2:6 and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgements:

In the deliberations between Moshe and HaShem, we see how Moshe has the confidence to talk with and
question HaShem. Previously Moshe questioned his own suitability for the position stating a speech impediment
(Ex 4:10-16).  Moshe slew an Egyptian for striking a Hebrew and all Hebrews had been closely intermeshed with
the pagans. Maybe Moshe is observant enough to see that his heart needed re leavening after such an evil
slavery. Or is the Torah teaching us that no man is an island, as Moshe's dialogue with HaShem causes Aharon
to be appointed. Moshe is using a metaphor to express his speech impediment. The use of the very biblical
expression circumcision indicates he may have been spiritually insecure about his worthiness for the role.
HaShem likes modesty it seems and HaShem knows who will be good at teaching the Torah for such an
anointing. Maybe HaShem seeing Moshe's defensive action towards a Hebrew was enough to qualify him for the
job

  • Ex 6:12 And Moshe spoke before the Lord, saying, Behold, the children of Yisrael have not hearkened to
    me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am I of uncircumcised lips

Moshe's anointing also brought Aaron his brother to the front. Aaron was anointed as a spokesperson or
interpreter to Moshe as a result of Moshe's plea to choose someone else as HaShem's agent (4:16 & 17)

  • Ex 6:13 And the Lord spoke to Moshe and Aharon, and gave them a charge to the children of Yisra'el, and
    to Pharaoh king of Mizrayim, to bring the children of Yisra'el out of the land of Mizrayim

HaShem reiterates the level of the anointing given to Moshe and the support role of Aharon. Pharaoh was a
common person to HaShem to say the least, given his demonstration and willingness to treat people with evil.
Moshe and Aharon were presented to Pharaoh with great authority, but to do HaShem's will and not their own
agendas. HaShem was not messing about with the evil Pharaoh and explained to him clearly what was required.
Was Pharaoh, when confronted with the truth of the true deity in the universe able to react and deal with it
appropriately.

  • Ex 7:1 And the Lord said to Moshe, See, I have made thee a G-d to Pharaoh (Pharaoh): and Aharon thy
    brother shall be thy prophet

Moshe is emissary directly from HaShem. This greatly deliberated point that HaShem states once again, where
he hardens Pharaoh's heart seemingly taking away his freewill in order for HaShem's plan of redemption to take
place. HaShem wants to separate his people from the Egyptians. In sending Moshe to put things to Pharaoh,
logic would dictate that he could say yes or no, and importantly, follow through with his actions. Repentance is
about what you do. After many years persecuting the Hebrews, Pharaoh has a lot to do to show HaShem he is
sincere about turning from his old ways. HaShem can do awesome things with his control over the forces of
nature and the universe. Signs and wonders truly are in his power. HaShem like all people gave Pharaoh the
ability to choose through the laws of nature that were created, and Pharaoh chooses evil when given the choice
directly when approached with the Torah

  • Ex 7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and wonders in the land Mizrayim(Egypt) 4
    But Pharaoh shall not hearken to you, that i may lay My hand upon Mizrayim, and bring out My armies, My
    people the children of Yisra'el, out of the land of Mizrayim by great judgements
to Pharaoh. Moshe was not a magician but using the rod that was given him by HaShem who at
will, can create the universe. HaShem knew what an evil heart would do under the circumstances
and so informed Moshe. Pharaoh although his court could equal Moshe, the divine rod
consumed the evil one. Even at the lowest level of wonder when no pain was inflicted upon
people, HaShem still gave the Egyptians the opportunity to repent and to see that HaShem was
in control and had superior power...the blind cannot see and do not hear

  • Ex 7:12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they turned to snakes: but  Aharon's
    rod swallowed up their rods 13 And the heart of Pharaoh's was hardened, that he did not
    hearken to them; as the Lord had said

Most stupidly his magicians even were to raise their hands to bring forth frogs as did Moshe and
Aaron which exacerbated the plagues (Ex 8:2-3) and yet Pharaoh still hardened his heart in
favour of evil. Pharaoh now ups the stakes in his demise when he lies and goes back on his
word regarding releasing the Hebrews after the plague of frogs had been instigated upon the
Egyptians (8:4). The plagues are now affecting people. The dust of the land was changed to lice
and the magicians could not match Moshe (Ex 12:15). Likewise another plague was a variety of
animals that attacked the Egyptians (8:17). Whilst tricksters can fool the eye, ultimately the
complete control over the laws of nature cannot be gained by any man. HaShem does not wish to
punish anyone..even the wicked and unrepentant. He always gives the chance for everyone to
consider what they are doing and it is up to them. If the situation remains unchanged or gets
worse as far as the bad behaviour is concerned then he will separate the good from evil

  • Ex 8:18 And on that day I shall set apart the land of Goshen upon which My people stands,
    that there shall be no swarm there; so that you will know that i am HaShem in the midst of
    the land 19 And I will put a division between My people and thy people: tomorrow shall this
    sign be

The plagues are extremely painful to Pharaoh, his magicians, the Egyptians and livestock. At the
same time the Hebrews are free from any effect whatsoever of the plagues. Pharaoh again
hardens his heart but in a different sense. He refuses to repent when in a complete state of loss
and infliction. HaShem told Moshe from the outset that he would harden Pharaoh's heart in order
to redeem his people. He knew Pharaoh was evil and would never repent or humble himself to
the creator of all things. Whatever HaShem did, Pharaoh would not repent from his own evil ways
and change them. HaShem still by sending Moshe gave him the chance to repent. Pharaoh used
his magicians to try and equal the will of  HaShem.

Circumcise the Heart: The plagues were now becoming personally painful to the wicked.
Wickedness toward Moshe caused Egypt and his kingdom to suffer through pestilence. By
presenting decency and truth to an evil person, they will walk the other way, but yet it has to be
done. This alludes to not giving the wicked  the idea that they might trick you into negotiation, for
then they will never stop what they do. This creation belongs to HaShem and it is his ways that
mankind is to address and not men who instill evil governments upon people. Western Zionist
Politics has installed a false Christian prophet in the world. The most important element is the
heart. Through the effects upon our hearts, HaShem through the laws of nature can either
depress, sadden and make someone ill through the heart, or elevate it through Torah
acceptance and study by the actions and determinations of those who can see the light and walk
towards it

  • Ex 9:14 For I will at this time send all My plagues upon thy heart, and on thy servants, and
    on thy people; that thou mayst know that there is none like Me in all the earth 15 For now if
    I would stretch out My hand, I might smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou
    shouldst be cut off from the earth

Moshe was the greatest prophet and was naturally inspired. However he did not sit back but
rather continually sought to serve HaShem. Moshe was confident enough to almost challenge
HaShem at times. He showed he was willing to stand for the people. HaShem listened to Moshe
and appointed Aharon. It is important that we listen to our calling before HaShem and to know
how to determine what that is. The Torah is given to us to walk in it's light and keep it's
ordinances and precepts. The Torah is HaShem's word to us and will find how best we can serve
HaShem. There is work for anyone who turns to HaShem and the Torah. Moshe was chosen for
his role for his natural disposition and his other desire to seek HaShem. HaShem encouraged
him by listening and responding to his heartfelt requests. HaShem could easily have descended
upon Egypt without sending Moshe and Aharon, by destroying the Egyptians with no warning or
opportunity to repent because he knows everyones heart at the outset. HaShem wants to use
people to do his work and has a hand that is slow to anger. It is man who brings things upon
themselves, and only the grace of the Almighty is most obvious time and again.

The Will of G-d HaShem: As it was in the beginning when a Holy G-d HaShem by his will, created
the heaven and earth from nothing, so it is by his will that he appoints people and then allows
other wicked people to see his glory through them. HaShem wants people to be his purpose on
earth. Likewise the animals are mentioned and it is not just about people but about all creation
and its elements. The will of HaShem can be displayed anywhere if he chooses. Animals that are
exposed to the wicked also become corrupted and HaShem can by his will cause only the wicked
and their house to be affected even although there is close proximity of the wicked to the
righteous. If we wish to live in the land of Goshen then the written Torah of Moshe is the manner
of redemption and salvation

  • Ex 9:22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, so that there
    may be hail in all the land of Egypt, on man and beast and every plant of the field, in the
    land of Egypt.” 23 Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the Lord sent
    thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the Lord rained hail upon the land of
    Egypt. 25 The hail struck down everything that was in the field in all the land of Egypt, both
    man and beast. And the hail struck down every plant of the field and broke every tree of the
    field. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the people of Israel were, was there no hail.

Pharaoh continued to lie, and when the plague stopped he again went against Moshe. The
wicked and evil and those against the Torah are in the darkness and only they can change how
they are. It is quite extraordinary how the Torah teaches the manner of how people can be when
they have raised there egos and self love to a state of idolatry that is so harmful to not only
themselves but to others also. Idolatry is the most stated of all the problems that are in the world,
and it s transgressions of G-d HaShem's teachings. Egypt was pagan, and paganism is against
the Torah. Christianity is pagan and is the driving force behind the western powers

  • Ex 9:35 so Pharaoh's heart stiffened and he would not let go, just as the Lord had foretold
    through Moses

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Chananya Ben Tradyon,
one of the "Ten
Martyrs"  was
discovered by The
Romans teaching the
outlawed Torah. They
then wrapped him in a
Torah scroll, piled
bundles of twigs around
him, and before setting
him afire they placed
damp woolen cloths on
him to prolong the agony
of being burned to death.
As the flames engulfed
him, his disciples asked
him, "Master, what do
Chananya replied: "I see
a scroll burning, but the
letters flying up to
Heaven."
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