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Hashem said to Aharon, “Go to meet Moshe”…and he went and encountered him at the mountain of G-d, and kissed him. (4:27)

Regarding Aharon’s encounter with Moshe Rabbeinu, the Midrash cites the pasuk in Tehillim 85, “Chesed v’emes nifgashu, tzedek v’shalom nashuku,” “Kindness and truth have met; righteousness and peace have kissed.” Aharon is the symbol of chesed; Moshe represents emes.  In the second part of the pasuk, tzedek is the virtue which characterizes Moshe, while Aharon is defined by  the virtue of shalom.  Horav Elimelech Moller, Shlita, infers from this pasuk that an individual creates his name by  his  actions and deeds. Thus, when Aharon and Moshe met, it was an encounter of emes and chesed – tzedek and shalom.   Moshe…

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Hashem told Moshe…”to return to Egypt, as all the men who are seeking to kill you have died. (4:19)

Perhaps the people who disparaged Moshe, who went out of their way to inform on him to Pharaoh, were no longer a problem, but  Pharaoh himself was still alive.  He surely was not likely to embrace Moshe with love and friendship.  Horav Yonasan Eibeshitz, zl, who suffered greatly from slanderers, asked this question.  His response was one to which he could relate only too well.  It appears, said Rav Yonasan, that the disparaging comments and slander of Jews such as Dasan and Aviram, were even more dangerous than Pharaoh’s sword. What a truism!  Anyone who has been the hapless victim…

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Moshe was shepherding the sheep of Yisro…he guided the sheep into the wilderness. (3:1)

  The proof that Moshe had the ability to become Klal Yisrael’s leader was his ability to shepherd his father-in-law’s sheep.  Chazal relate the remarkable compassion he exhibited towards the tired and thirsty sheep.  Hashem said to him, “You have such empathy towards the sheep belonging to human beings. By your life, you will shepherd My sheep, Yisrael.”  While this Midrash is well-known, it is important to take a moment and note the stories recounted by the Torah that demonstrate Moshe Rabbeinu’s sense of compassion.  Indeed, as Horav Yitzchak Goldwasser, Shlita, points out, there is a specific sequence to the…

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It happened in those days that Moshe grew up and went out to his brethren…and he saw an Egyptian man striking a Hebrew man. He went out on the next day and behold! Two Hebrew men were fighting. (2:11,13)

Moshe grew into a position of responsibility.  He became ready to minister to the needs of his people.  Horav Zeev Weinberger, Shlita, feels that Moshe had two distinct goals in mind when he began to serve Klal Yisrael:  His first objective was to expunge the evil that the Egyptian environment had engendered.  Second, he sought to correct and bring back the Jewish People.  The occurrences related in the pesukim on the two days that Moshe “went out” to his brethren demonstrate these two faci. On the first day,  Moshe encountered an Egyptian beating a Jew. He immediately “corrected” the problem,…

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And she gave birth to a son. She saw that he was good and she hid him for three months. (2:2,3)

Rashi attributes Yocheved’s ability  to conceal Moshe Rabbeinu at home for three months to the fact that he was born prematurely – six months after conception.  Hence, the Egyptians had no reason to search for a baby.  When the nine-month period was up,  she was forced to hide him in the water.  Hashem could have saved Moshe Rabbeinu in any manner that He chose.  He arranged for Moshe to be born prematurely, so that he would be home with his mother for three months. Then he was  taken away from her, only  to be returned to her later on in…

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