Shabbat Vaera 5782

We ended last week’s Torah reading with a despondent Moshe feeling that he was right in the first place: he wasn’t the right person for the job of leading the Israelites to freedom. But God reassures him that redemption is coming, even as it won’t be easy. Pharaoh will not let Israel go, just as God has told Moshe. This week, in Parshat Vaera, the first seven plagues pummel Egypt, and while Pharaoh’s advisors and general population seem to be ready to cave, Pharaoh’s heart hardens repeatedly.
My goal in offering the weekly musical scavenger hunt is to entice people to read the Torah portion carefully, as well as to have some fun with music. Even if you don’t care for the video clips, it’s worthwhile to read the parshah anyway! For those who want to play along, why did I think of these songs?
Jordin Sparks
Annie Get Your Gun
The next seven clips are connected to the plagues that appear in the Parshah. Can you put them in the correct order?
The Troggs
Metal from Avenged Sevenfold
Peter Gabriel
Blue Oyster Cult
Fiona Apple
More metal from Nazareth
Three NYC boys with Jewish roots
Answers will be revealed after Shabbat ma’ariv and havdalah, which begins this week at 5:15 PM. Remember that during the winter months we are having minhah at 12:20 PM, after morning services and kiddush.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and happy listening,
Rabbi David Wise
Candle lighting: 4:19 PM
Torah Reading: Exodus 6:2-9:35
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21