At the end of last week’s parasha, Moses seemed completely demoralized and dejected about his ability to carry out the mission that God had assigned to him—to take the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. His initial efforts failed miserably and only made things worse for the slaves. Learning from failure is the opening message of this week’s Torah portion. God encourages Moses to continue on, and, of course, we know that he eventually succeeds. Rebounding from failure is a “buzz” topic today as well. Some of you may have listened to the very popular Ted Talks on failure or seen features that have been done in recent months on very successful people whose first efforts were total failures. If you are interested, you may want to start here: http://blog.ted.com/8-talks-about-learning-from-failure/. We like to read about the failures of successful people because it gives us hope when we fail that all is not lost, and, in fact, our initial failures could lead us to great things. For Moses’ version of the Ted Talks on failure, we can start with parashat Va’era.