This week's Torah portion, Va'era, is the beginning of the Plagues that God visits upon the Egyptians and their land.
The ones in this parasha are:
Swarms of Insects
After the first two plagues, the Egyptian magicians demonstrate how they too can make these things happen.
But lice....ah, the lice. It is then that the magicians themselves declare "This is the finger of God."
In the fall, I had a personal encounter with lice. It became the topic of my Yom Kippur sermon, and it was quite an...um...experience for my family. (As I write this, my head is starting to itch....)
I know that reading this particular portion has new meaning for me and for my family. It's always amazing to me how each time I read the Torah, it can speak to me in totally new and different ways.
The text doesn't change. I do.
I am constantly awed by the power of Torah.