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A Shabbat Nugget: Parashat Va’eira

Rabbi Pesach Scheiner
Rabbi Pesach Scheiner

In this week’s Torah portion, we learn about Moses beginning his mission of speaking to Pharaoh and warning him about each upcoming plague that Egypt will receive if he does not let the Jews go out of Egypt.

The verse tells us that Moses told G-d that he cannot speak to Pharaoh since he stutters and has blocked lips.  However, G-d responds that Moses should relate the message to Pharaoh one time and then his brother Aaron will explain the message to Pharaoh.

The commentaries explain that the reason Moses had to relate the message to Pharaoh although Pharaoh did not understand him, is because Moses’ words had a special intensity which affected and impressed Pharaoh even more than Aaron’s explanations.

This is an important lesson in the power of words.  Sometime we feel obligated to “Speak Up” but we are intimidated, since we feel we won’t be understood and listened to, however,  truth is that words of truth always make an impression and have some sort of an effect and at times the right thing is to say them.

About Rabbi Pesach Scheiner

Rabbi Pesach Scheiner is the Rabbi of Boulder County Center for Judaism. In addition, he teaches extensively throughout Boulder County and is the author of "Finding the Joy in Everyday Living," a book of short chapters explaining the ways to access happiness through appreciation, gratitude, and a sense of purpose.

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