Torah Portion for this Shabbat is Va’eira

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.