Parshat Vaera

Parshat Va’era

In this weeks’ parsha, parshat Ve’era, there are many miracles that take place, including seven of the ten מכות. However, let’s focus on Pharaoh. In פסוק ג': פרק ז’ it says “ואני אקשה את לב פרעה והרביתי את אתתי ואת מופתי בארץ מצרים”,” “And I will harden the heart of Pharaoh and I shall multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.” Rashi asks, what is so significant about this miracle? He answers, that this miracle was to show בני ישראל Hashem’s might and power. By doing so, the nation would come to listen and fear Him, because Hashem punishes sinful nations, such as the Egyptians.
Fast forward to current events, and the world finds itself suffering from radical Islamist; from Hamas, ISIS to a knife-wielding Arab on the street. Yishmael is attacking every country from left to right, seemingly going unpunished. Chazal say that this world is backwards, that really this world is צדיק ורע לו רשע וטוב לו, righteous men have it bad and evil men have it good. However, Hashem is constantly making hidden miracles, even if people do not necessarily see the bigger picture.
Chazal bring down that Hashem makes everything work at a specific time to culminate to what needs to happen. For example, if the world was created for מתן תורה, wouldn’t it make sense for Hashem to give it to אדם הראשון? The world simply needed to develop and become worthy of receiving the Torah. With that same idea, Klal Yisrael is being killed, attacked, and hurt from these terrorists. Bnei Yisrael is enduring so much pain and hardship so that they can realize and recognize that they need Hashem. By doing teshuva, the Jews will be worthy of achieving Mashiach, the higher goal of improving the relationship between Hakodesh Baruch Hu and His nation.

Shlomo Hamelech writes in קהלת “לכל זמן ועת תחת לשמש”, “there is always a time and place for everything under the sun.” Hashem has a plan the world cannot understand. Everyone sees the world as chaotic, yet Hashem organizes every detail strategically.

It took Hashem 210 years to harden Pharaoh’s heart, not because He didn’t want to or have the power to do so, rather He waited for Bnei Yisrael to be ripe enough for redemption. Just as the world experiences today, the bad guys keep terrorizing humanity and spilling the blood of the innocent. Hashem may not punish the evil today, tomorrow, maybe not even in years, but the day will surely come, leaving the Jewish people strong.

In an individual’s life, they can use this concept. From the most mundane of struggles to the supernatural, by understanding the bigger picture that Hashem culminates history not to a specific time, but through certain actions. Those actions are to get the Jewish people chose and thrive for a connection with Hakodesh Baruch Hu, by seeing His wonders.

Student Studying in Tomer Devorah