Va’eira (in Shemot / Shemos)
We continue the story of the exodus from Egypt this week in Va’eira (Vaera, Vayeira). God tells Moshe he will redeem the Israelites. Aaron and Moshe continually ask Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, and he continually refuses. Aaron’s staff turns into a snake, but Pharaoh’s magicians could do that, too. Then comes the first 7 plagues: Blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, animal sickness (pestilence), boils, and hail made of fire and ice. (To be continued in next week’s parsha…)
Try out some baking ideas like these frog cookies
and / or some plague cupcakes.
How about these fun puppets from Creative Jewish Mom?
Or “Hail” Chicken Rolls – white breaded chicken breast, stuffed with fiery-red stuffing? (Picture is from a different recipe, but you get the idea. Photo credit: Alexandra Moss.)
Have a lot of time on your hands? How about a Vayera midrash manicure?
Science: talk about the science of mixing fire and ice. What happens to fire and ice when you mix them? Watch water turn red as you add dye, and talk about the importance of the water cycle.
Talk about gratitude (was Pharoah grateful? Was Moshe? Why couldn’t he do the first few plagues?)
Go to the zoo and check out animals like snakes, frogs, and other wild beasts
Talk about when you can safely “stay out of it” and when you should get involved (Moshe and the Egyptian task masters…)
What are you doing this week? Any ideas to add?