Va'eira and What does "No" really mean?


In this weeks parsha via chabad:

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.”

The Pharaoh uses “NO” quite a bit in this parsha. What does “No” really mean? “No” creates opportunity for us to to engage in meaningful and powerful conversations. We can listen to their concerns, and hold space for them. We can even address them. Call me unreasonable, but perhaps the word “No” really means “not right now and yes in the future.” Life never works out 100% as we plan it to, so we can’t be attached to our results. We can only be open to the possibility of their manifestations in the universe. WE can be committed to our plans by fulfilling on planned actions. Moses and Aaron with the help of the divine had the power to make the impossible possible. Well then again what is impossible? Just like Aaron, Moses and the divine, we too are miracle makers.

I bless you all on this Shabbos to look deeply at any area in your life that you are having blockage and see this as an opportunity to make miracles happen, by simply understanding that “No” is just present in that moment and there are infinite moments to ask again. You have the power in you, just ask again. And Again. And Again!

Good Shabbos from Laguna, California.
-Mikey Pauker