Parashah Va’Era – “I Appeared”

Please join my family in studying the Scriptures for this week’s Parashah Va’Era, which means “I Appeared”.


Scripture Readings:

  •  Torah – Exodus 6:2-9:35
  •  Haftarah:  Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant)

  •  Bestort HaGe’ulah (Gospels):  Luke 11:14-22
  •  Iggerot (Letters): Romans 9:14-33

Parashah in a Nutshell:  G‑d reveals Himself to Moses. Employing the “four expressions of redemption,” He promises to take out the Children of Israel from Egypt, deliver them from their enslavement, redeem them, and acquire them as His own chosen people at Mount Sinai; He will then bring them to the land He promised to the Patriarchs as their eternal heritage.

Moses and Aaron repeatedly come before Pharaoh to demand in the name of G‑d, “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness.” Pharaoh repeatedly refuses. Aaron’s staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcerers. G‑d then sends a series of plagues upon the Egyptians.

The waters of the Nile turn to blood; swarms of frogs overrun the land; lice infest all men and beasts. Hordes of wild animals invade the cities; a pestilence kills the domestic animals; painful boils afflict the Egyptians. For the seventh plague, fire and ice combine to descend from the skies as a devastating hail. Still, “the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he would not let the children of Israel go, as G‑d had said to Moses.”

Study Aids, Children’s Activities, Projects, and Homeschool Connections:

  1. Audio of Torah Parashah
  2. YMTOI Parashah Pearls for Va’Era (Has Snack and Craft Ideas)
  3. Torah Explorers
  4. Adult Study
  5. Torah Class (Just choose Old Testament Studies, Exodus, and chapters 6-9)
  6. Video:  Context for Kids – “Va’Era”
  7. Video: Torah for Children – “Va’Era”
  8. Video:  G-d Cast (BimBam) – “Va’Era”
  9. Video: Animated 10 Commandments Movie
  10. Homeschool Connection:
  • Language Arts – Write an essay on the Ten Plagues. Why did G-d send them? What Egyptian gods did they target? What were the plagues significance.
  • Copy Work – Exodus 9:16
  • Hebrew Lesson – Nun
  • Art – Make a collage of the plagues discussed in this Parashah. Use watercolor, oil pastels or other medium to create the collage.

Based upon all these resources, I created this Parashah Vaera Worksheet for my children to use to study and dig into G-d’s word for this week’s Parashah.





Fertile Ground

My morning devotions focused on being a fertile ground upon which the L-rd can sow His Word in my soul and His seed will grow strong within me as I rooted in the truth.

“But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixty fold and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4:20 ESV) Therefore, to keep my soil (my soul) fertilized I need to keep in the Word and mediate on it and be in constant prayer to Him for strength to do His will and not my own. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he mediates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3 ESV) 

I often loose sight of the fact that my ministry is here in my home with my children. I can get lost the daily routine of school, laundry and cleaning. I was reminded in my devotions this morning that I need to be one who is an example to them of living in the Word, putting G-d before all, and being that reflection of Him in all I do. I need to sow His seeds of truth and wisdom to them. I need to speak words of life and encouragement to them so that they become mighty in spirit and servants of His will. For it is not only my children that I am setting the example for, but their children and their children. 

For this is my prayer this morning:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the little arrows that you have entrusted in our care. It is our desire to be your beacon of light to our children. L-rd I pray that you give my husband and I the wisdom and discernment to teach them your way.  

G-d help me to show them how to treasure your Word in their hearts. May they see that I seek your will first in all that I do, say, and think. Guard my tongue, and allow me only to speak words of life and encouragement to them. 

May I be given the willing spirit to serve my family with contentment and not lost in the mundane tasks of the day. I pray my countenance be that of a beautiful flower not only reflecting the beauty of your creation, but filling our home with a sweet smelling fragrance of your love.

May your seed be planted deeply within them that they may they grow mighty in spirit ready to fight the fight of faith for you. May they glorify you and increase your Kingdom. 


May this be a blessing to you this morning,


Shout for Joy

“Clap your hands, all the peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.” Psalm 47:1-2

My prayer today…

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the beauty of your creation.  I was in such awe of the sunrise which you placed in the sky this morning. The colors were simply amazing.  L-rd I pray that my lips sing praises to you today. May my thoughts shout with joy over your love for me. May encourage others to draw closer to you. May my love for you be shown in everything that I do today. I pray for strength and wisdom to teach my children diligently your ways. Bless our family and the new home that you so graciously provided to us. Allow our family to use the home to glorify you and your kingdom. Amen.

Psalm 51 Devotion

Psalm 51 is a beautiful psalm of repentance. David wrote the psalm when Nathan the prophet convicted him of his sins of adultery with Bathsheba and arranging the murder of her husband.

While it is David’s personal prayer to G-d for forgiveness, mercy and grace, it is also a wonderful example of how we should confess our own sins to G-d daily. It is through G-d’s steadfast love and mercy that He sent His Son Jesus to serve as the sacrifice for our sins. It is through the blood that the Messiah shed that we are cleansed of our transgressions, iniquity and sins. 


My prayer for today…


Dear Heavenly Father,

You are the King of the Universe and Creator of all and I will praise you all the time.  You have bestowed upon me so many blessings and I am beyond thankful to you for them.  I am weak and always fall short, but you are gracious and forgiving all the time.  Restore to me a clean heart and renewed spirit. One that delights in your truth and holds your wisdom in my heart. I pray that I am your willing and humble servant carrying out the roles you have given to me as helpmeet and mother with joy and contentment. Allow me to meet the needs of my husband and children with a countenance that reflects your love for me. Grant to me the words and actions to glorify you today. Help me to overcome my flesh and focus on you and your will for my life.  Provide to me the opportunities to share the gift you have given to me in your Son with others.  May they see in me the transformation that can only happen through your Son. Amen.

Your daughter,