Torah haiku: Vaera

Short breath shuts the ears:
The hardened heart cannot hear
The voice of freedom.

Moses relayed G!d’s promise of redemption from Egyptian bondage, but Israelite slaves wouldn’t listen due to spiritual exhaustion and disappointment (Ex. 6:9). The slaves were so short of spirit – literally “short breathed” (קצר רוח) and “hardened” (קשה) in servitude – that they couldn’t hear the very words they most longed for.

What keeps you from hearing freedom’s call?

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