Va'era I appeared — וארא
For the week of January 25, 2020
- TORAH: EXODUS 6:2-9:35
- HAFTARAH: EZEKIEL 28:25-29:21
- GOSPEL:LUKE 11:14-22
The second reading from the book of Exodus and fourteenth reading from the Torah is named Va’era (וארא), which means “And I appeared.” The title comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which says, “And I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty” (Exodus 6:3). The portion begins with four expressions of redemption whereby God promises to bring Israel out of the Egyptian bondage. The narrative progresses to tell the story of the first seven of the ten plagues that God unleashed on Egypt.