I have had very little time to read about the weekly parshah but I have read an aliyah every evening.
It is a violent portion for our contemporary minds. The plagues get worse and worse until the ultimate one: the death of the first-born – even if we understand that Pharoah needs to be coerced into letting the Hebrews go. Somehow it is not as shocking on screen in The Ten Commandments as when it is read in the comfort of one’s home.Similarly when we read the Haggadah at Pesach it doesn’t quite seem so brutal as it is balanced by the ritual of split drops of wine to remind us that our rejoicing cannot perfect since the Egyptians suffered in the process of our liberation.
This is the questions that came to mind as I was reading. To be honest I have no idea what the answers are but some of you may.
– I wonder why the alyot at the beginning of this parshah are very short but get longer as we proceed.
– Another question I have in mind is why we read about the Pesach rituals approximately two weeks before Pesach.