VA’EIRA – “and He appeared….”
In the second section of the Book of Exodus, G-d begins the process that will lead to the redemption of the Jewish People from slavery, beginning with the first of seven of the ten plagues.
G-d instructed Moses to tell Pharaoh, “I am now going to strike the water in the river with the staff in my hand, and it will turn to blood.” (7:17)
The first of the ten plagues was the transformation of cold river water into warm blood, signifying the transformation of cold indifference toward Divinity into warm enthusiasm for it.
This had to be the first of the plagues, because indifference would have prevented the Egyptians from being affected by any further demonstrations of G-d’s power and involvement in life.
A similar lesson applies to anyone striving to leave the slavery of their inner “Egypt” – the tyranny of their material drives and not yet refined bodily desires. Our first step in this process is to replace any cold indifference to all Jewish things and holy with warm passionate enthusiasm for G-d, His Torah, and His commandments.
Enjoy your working week and have a peaceful meaningful Shabbat.