Parashat VaEra, and No Words

     This week’s Torah portion, “Parashat Vaera / פָּרָשַׁת וָאֵרָא, is the 14th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.   The entire Torah Portion is: Exodus 6:2-9:35

Parashat Vaera tells of the first seven Plagues of Egypt.”

     Dare I mention that there are some who make an interesting argument that many of these phenomena could be explained as part of the aftermath of the explosion of Santorini (or what became Santorini, after half of the initial island of Thera was blown away)?

   In any case, I’m with the One doing the rebuking: How can the angels rejoice at the deaths of their fellow creations?   Or am I getting a bit ahead of myself?

  How can we make the future more certain and safe for all of us?

   What do you think,   Thoughtful Readers?


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10 thoughts on “Parashat VaEra, and No Words

  1. The rebuke is justified.

    I accept science. Nevertheless, I also accept that the story in Exodus (although attempting a somewhat naturalistic explanation of the parting of the Sea of Reeds) does indicate any attention to how the plagues happened. No, the story indicates attention to who made the plagues happen.

    Naturalistic explanations, regardless of how accurate they may be, miss the point.

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    1. I agree: the story of the plagues is the story of oppression, and I believe that that is much of the reason behind the later admonishments to remember that “you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

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  2. The rebuke, which actually comes next week if I recall correctly, just before the song of the sea and the crossing of the Sea of reads, is something that reminds me of the scene in La Casa de papel in English renamed money heist by netflix, Rio and Tokyo are ordered to destroy a light armored vehicle. The aftermath of that act for both of them is tragic because you can see in the actors are wonderful that the damage they inflicted upon the person inside that vehicle marks them booth with such pain because they feel horrified that they may be murders now or killers rather in self-defense, and the horrible burns they’ve inflicted. No one should ever rejoice at having to do harm to another person even in self-defense. No matter how much that person deserved it. Rejoicing it doing harm to another living being makes one a person without conscience. And that is a danger to society.

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  3. It is a weird and uncomfortable tension. The plagues affected more than just Pharaoh – they were plagues on the whole of the Egyptian people. We spill out wine at the Passover seder, but does that make up for it?

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    1. No, it does not, but then, as G’Kar says in B5, no one individual can forgive a people, but we as individuals can forgive and as Londo says, “try to do better by” those individuals that we come across. And, as individuals working together to forge a better overall society, we can help each other and our whole ‘people’ to Do Better.

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