Parshat Va’eira: When God speaks

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Rabbi Marc Rubenstein
Rabbi Marc Rubenstein. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Rabbi Marc Rubenstein Special to Valley News Parshat Va'eira is the 14th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the second in the Book of Exodus. It constitutes Exodus 6:2-9:35. Moses fled out into the desert to the land of Midian. He was warmly accepted by Jethro, a leader of the Midianites. Moses tended to the Jethro’s sheep, much like his forefathers in the days of Abraham. Later Moses married Jethro’s daughter Zipporah. Moses was constantly thinking of his people in Egypt. He felt their misery and pain as if it were his own. One day, lost in thought, Moses was following his sheep in the pasture of Mount Horeb, which is also called Mt Sinai. Suddenly Moses was drawn to a strange sight. A fire raged all about a small bush, but Moses cam
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