Posted by: mosesfromsinai | December 20, 2010

Shemos – Names

This week’s Parsh begins the 2nd Book of the Torah.  We begin to see the enslavement of the Jewish people and the birth of Moshe, the eventual redeemer.  In truth, the redemption was set into motion with the announcement that  70 souls entered Egypt.  It is pointed out that the count was short one including Yoseph and his two sons already in Egypt.  That one person was the daughter of Levy, Yocheved, the mother of the redeemer of the Jews in Egypt.  The Parsha mentions her right at the beginning along with her daughter, Miriam, mother of the house of Kind David, the future redeemer of the Jewish people. (Miriam marries Calev, from the tribe of Yehuda from whom Kind David descends from).

It is apparent that just as the seeds of the exile was planted, so too were the seeds of redemption planted in our history.  In each case it was and will be a male, Moshe in Egypt, and the son of King David in the future, that actually do the redeeming.  (King David in many ways himself – defeating the enemy and setting the stage for his son, Shlomo, to build the 1st Beis Hamikdosh on the property King David purchased).  However the ones that set the redemption in motion are the heroic Jewish mothers, Yocheved and Miriam.  Their actions, as guardians and protectors of the Jewish babies born, even at their own peril, earned them this title and taught the rest of the Jewish women in Egypt how to respond in exile in relation to their children. We actually say because of the merits of the righteous women in Egypt we were redeemed from exile.  (Note also on Purim, Esther’s courage, risking her life to appear before the King and also the Jewish women who gave their lives as they circumcised their own children during the rule of the Greeks and brought about the revolt that led to the miracle of Chanuka).  This is a telliing factor for our future redemption.  The Mothers of Israel must always stand up for their Jewish children as their guardians and protectors from negative forces and influences of exile.  This will lead to the final redemption and the building of the 3rd Beis Hamikdosh.

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