On the Value of Stubbornness
Parashat Va'Era

Avital Hochstein

Pharaoh is the paradigmatic stubborn person in the Exodus story, yet Parashat Va’Era also points to other characters in the story who are not considered wicked in any way who are nevertheless portrayed with this characteristic of stubbornness. This implies that perhaps stubbornness is not all bad. What can we learn about this character trait from our parashah and when it might make sense to employ it?

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ערכה של עקשנות: על עקשנותם של פרעה, בני ישראל והאלוהים
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