Parshat Vaera – January 16, 2021 – 3 Shvat 5781

Parshat Vaera

  • Exodus 6:2-9:35, Stone Chumash, p. 318
  • Number of verses: 121
  • Haftorah: Ezekiel 28, Stone Chumash p. 1149

Important Shabbat Times

  • Candle lighting:4:56p
  • Sunrise: 7:12:47a
  • Latest Shma: 9:43a
  • Earliest Mincha: 12:39p
  • Havdalah: 5:56p
  • Zoom Community Havdalah: 6:15p

Thoughts on the Parsha

Our Parshah continues from last week. G-d tells Moshe that He will verily redeem the people from the Egyptian bondage, and He will carry them into the Land of their forefathers. The lineage of Moshe is outlined. G-d tells Moshe to speak to Pharaoh, yet Pharaoh’s heart will be hardened and he will not let the people go. Aharon’s staff is transformed into a serpent. Pharaoh’s servants do likewise, and he will not be moved. Aharon smites the Nile and it is turned into blood. The rest of the plagues: Frogs, lice, mixed beasts, animal anthrax, boils, and hailstones mixed with fire. Pharaoh’s heart is hardened and he does not heed any of the plagues. 

Mitzvah of the Week

The fourth category of Muktza is called “Basis leDavar Ha’assur” – this refers to muktza objects which were purposely placed on any type of a platform, such as a table, desk-drawer or a bed before Shabbat, then when Shabbat begins the table itself becomes muktzah, and may not be moved. However if a permissible object of equal value was also placed on the platform, then it would be permissible to move the platform. For example; if a candlestick would be placed on a silver tray, that silver tray may not be moved (even after the candles are extinguished). If however, a diamond ring would be placed on the tray before Shabbat, then the tray may be moved.