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The Crown of Halacha

Va’eira 5778 – Heading Along A Crash Course

This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series Bereishis 5778

Heading Along a Crash Course

“The fish life that was in the river died and the river became foul; Egypt could not drink water from the river and blood was throughout the land of Egypt. The necromancers did the same by the means of their incantations; so Pharaoh’s heart was hardened…” (Shemos 7:21,22) The necromancers did the same through their incantations, and they brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.”(8:3)

Does creating even more blood and frogs make Pharaoh “right?” Weren’t the Egyptians suffering enough without more trouble from their own king?

Who’s The Tough Guy?

We can answer this question with a parable: One day two young men got into a bitter argument and neither one would listen to logic. The bigger of the two decided a show of force would change the smaller one’s mind so he picked him up with one hand and threw him hard against a wall. The smaller man slowly got to his feet, looked the stronger one in the eye and said, “You think you’re tough? Well watch this!” He walked back from the wall, then turned and charged full speed into it, knocking himself out. He finally rose again, barely able to stand and said to the other man, “Now who’s right!”

Dead Right

Pharaoh’s behavior during the ten plagues is like the smaller man’s in the story. We see this clearly with the first two plagues. Pharaoh does not listen to reason so Hashem uses force by turning water into blood. But rather than conceding to Hashem, Pharaoh refuses to be intimidated. He sends his magicians to buy water and demonstrates that he can also turn it into blood. Next comes the plague of frogs and again Pharaoh scoffs at Moshe Rabbeinu. “You think you’re special–watch this!” He then commands his magicians to make frogs from dirt.

We Can’t Fight The Truth

At the beginning of our redemption we see that Pharaoh is willing to hurt himself and his people rather than accept Hashem as the Ultimate Ruler. Pharaoh is running full speed into a brick wall in order to prove his point.

A Strong Person Knows How to Bend

How many times have we willfully hurt ourselves holding on to a quarrel or our own point of view? How many of us refrain from doing tshuva even though we are headed for a crash landing? Sometimes when we refuse to bend to reality it is really only an act of denial and it will hurt us in the end.

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