Parshat Vaera: Liberation’s moral demand

For a person to have compassion for another, he must be in a similar situation and experience the distress himself.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
January 2, 2019 20:34
4 minute read.
Parshat Vaera: Liberation’s moral demand

A STATUETTE of the Egyptian Pharaoh.. (photo credit: PUBLICDOMAINPICTURES.NET)

 
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In this week’s Torah portion, Vaera, we go into the depths of the process of the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Our forefathers were enslaved in Egypt for many years, lacking basic rights, considered the bottom rung of society. When Moses appeared before Pharaoh, the process started heading toward the yearned-for goal of leaving Egypt.

During one of the stages of negotiations that Moses held with Pharaoh, we read the following verse:

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