Parashat Shemot Moses & Antisemitism. Va'eira, Va'era, or Vaera (וָאֵרָא — Hebrew for 'and I appeared' the first word that God speaks in the parashah, in Exodus 6:3) is the fourteenth weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the second in the Book of Exodus. It constitutes Exodus 6:2–9:35. The parashah tells of the first seven Plagues of Egypt.It is made up of 6,701 Hebrew letters, 1,748 Hebrew words, and 121 verses, and can occupy about 222 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah). Jews read it the fourteenth Sabbath (שַׁבָּת, Shabbat) after Simchat Torah, generally in January, or rarely, in late December.