|The Torah portion for this Shabbat is Va’eira (Exodus 6:2-9:35), the second in the book of Exodus. It describes the first seven of the Ten Plagues that God inflicted upon Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to release the Israelite slaves.|
The Haftarah is Ezekiel 28:25-29:21. The prophet foretells that God will “reduce the land of Egypt to utter ruin and desolation” (29:10). “It shall be the lowliest of all the kingdoms, and shall not lord it over the nations again” (29:15).
This image of the plague of flies is a watercolor painting from around 1900 by French artist James Tissot.