Moshe and Aharon – brothers and leaders – both appear in this week’s Parsha, Parashat Te’zav’e, though in very different ways…Since his appearance on the biblical stage in Parshat Shmot until the ending of the five Chumashim, this week’s Parsha is the only one where Moshe’s name does not appear, though he is referred to constantly as the entire Parsha is addressed to him.
“People some times ask me – rabbi, doesn’t it make you a little uncomfortable traveling around the world asking people for money? I tell them – no, not in the least! I know that these schools are our future and that the work they do is wholly, aimed at bettering the Jewish people and the world entire”.
God: “And remember, Moshe, to keep kosher, never cook a kid goat in its mother’s milk. It is cruel.” Moshe: “God, so are you saying we should never eat milk and meat…
To what degree should we listen to the advice of our allies and other nations? One could argue that we should take it very seriously. Moshe
takes the advice of his non Jewish father in law, a political and religious leader of a foreign, pagan, nation on a very sensitive topic – how to run our judicial system.
Look carefully at the following image: …
Let’s say my name is Jim, I speak English and I happen to wear Calvin Klein shirts. Or that my name is Natasha, I speak Russian and I happen to wear ‘Zara’. Do any of these practices constitute a transgression of Torah or any paragraph in the Shulchan Aruch? No, they do not. Why then, of all things, did we merit being redeemed from Egypt for “not changing our language, our names and our dress”?
Sometimes, when reading the Parsha, a political message jumps right at you, accusingly: Moshe relays the people’s complaint to Hashem and accuses – “why have you done evil to this people!… from the time I came to Pharaoh… he did evil… you did not rescue your people!”