Moses art 521 (do not use).
(photo credit: AVI KATZ)
NO MATTER HOW STEADFASTLY MOSES tried to serve as his people’s champion, his
people never learned to rely on his loyalty to them.Though he risked
everything when he killed an Egyptian taskmaster for beating an Israelite slave,
the Israelites who witnessed his actions rebuked him as an overlord, not as
their protector. Though he fled to Midian as a fugitive from Pharaoh’s
vengeance, his hosts labeled him first and foremost an Egyptian. One midrash
even cites Moses’ failure to correct Jethro’s daughters when they described him
to their father as an Egyptian as the reason that Moses was eventually denied
entry into the Promised Land (Tanhuma B. II, 134).
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