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Daily Aliya for Vaeira, Shlishi (3rd Aliya)

Aliya Summary: G‑d tells Moshe to go speak to Pharaoh, and Aaron should serve as his spokesman. G‑d informed him that He will harden Pharaoh’s heart and he will refuse to release the Israelites. At that point G‑d will “multiply His wonders” in Egypt, until the Egyptians will recognize that G‑d is the L-rd.

How is it that Moshe is able to speak to the People of Israel throughout his “career” as leader, in light of the fact that he complained of being “speech impaired”? Could it be that the Jews wanted to hear what Moshe had to say, and therefore concentrated harder on the understanding his words, while Paroh clearly didn’t want to be punished nor to let the Israelites go, and therefore would use the excuse that he couldn’t understand what Moshe was saying. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we actually want to!