The People & The Book: Advancing with all
ByRABBI ALONA LISITSA
February 16, 2017 15:42
Moses’ insistence that all the Jewish people must leave Egypt provides a clear lesson for our leaders today.
Art by Pepe Fainberg.
(photo credit:PEPE FAINBERG)
THE PLAGUES are bringing disaster upon Egypt: hail has just wrecked the crops. Now Pharaoh is really scared, and his servants urge him to send the Hebrews away. “How long shall this one be a snare to us? Let the men go to worship the Lord their God! Are you not yet aware that Egypt is lost?” (Ex. 10:7). So he orders Moses and Aharon to be brought before him, and for a moment it seems that this is the end of the Israelite captivity. We are leaving, we are leaving Egypt, the land of our slavery.Pharaoh says: “Go, worship the Lord your God!” You can almost hear the cries of joy and relief. But the king cannot stop himself: “Who are the ones to go?” (Ex. 10:8).