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Torah Talk for Parashat Vaera

January 25, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, God brings the first seven plagues upon the Egyptians through Moshe and Aharon, but Pharaoh repeatedly refuses to allow the Bnei Yisrael to leave.

Twice in this parasha (6:12 and 30) Moshe says, “I am of uncircumcised lips.” In last week’s parasha, Moshe declared (4:10), “…for I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue.” Hashem doesn’t argue with this statement, but responds simply that “I will be with your mouth.” Almost universally, the commentators state that Moshe had some sort of speech impediment, and that is why Aharon was his spokesperson.

Moshe is by far not the only character in the TaNaKH who suffered from a physical or psycho-emotional disability. Read more >