Before Hashem begins the affliction of the Eser Makkot, the Ten Plagues, upon Egypt, Hashem informs Moshe that Hashem will "harden Paro's heart." Hashem tells Moshe that Paro will refuse to release Bnei Yisrael despite the horrific plagues placed upon his land and his people. וַאֲנִי אַקְשֶׁה, אֶת-לֵב פַּרְעֹה; וְהִרְבֵּיתִי אֶת-אֹתֹתַי וְאֶת-מוֹפְתַי, בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.
A Prerequisite For Leadership
The first encounter Moshe will have directly with Hashem is at the burning bush. It is there that Hashem will give over his first of many instructions to Moshe. Hashem commands Moshe to not come close and to take off his shoes since the place he is standing on is holy. וַיֹּאמֶר, אַל-תִּקְרַב הֲלֹם; שַׁל-נְעָלֶיךָ, מֵעַל רַגְלֶיךָ--כִּי הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה עוֹמֵד עָלָיו, אַדְמַת-קֹדֶשׁ הוּא. The straightforward explanation is that since t
There is a system of paragraphs in the Torah called parshiot. Rashi explains on the first verse in sefer Vayikrah that theparshiot were given to Moshe by Hashem so that Moshe could contemplate each section and each theme. We therefore understand that these divisions are significant both in their origin and in their importance for understanding of the Torah. The parshiot are delineated graphically in the written sefer Torah. The divisions are either “open” parshiot, p’tucha
Parshat Vayigash opens with Yosef planting a goblet into Binyamin's bag, framing his little brother with theft. Yosef threatens that Binyamin will be imprisoned. In his impassioned appeal to Yosef to allow Binyamin to return home to his father in Canaan, with Yehuda himself taking Binyamin's place in prison, Yehuda poetically described the close bond between Binyamin and Yaakov. Says Yehuda, Binyamin and his father Yaakov are nafsho keshura ve-nafsho” – “his soul is bound