Va’Era (with Bonus Teaching)
Plagues and Scandal! Round 1 of this tremendous struggle has clearly been won by Pharaoh, with the Bricks Without Straw debacle literally breaking the spirits of the Israelites. Now Moshe must regroup and prepare for something much worse: The divine destruction of his adopted homeland. And yet Moshe himself has his own faith wavering this week, so how can he get others to believe it either, for what comes is unprecedented and what is still to come far worse. The lives of two nations and millions of people hang in the balance. All this, and we also have a special bonus teaching on what happens after we die, because I believe the Ruach commanded me to do it even though I don’t know why. In terms of depth and action, it doesn’t get any better than this one.