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Who runs the world?

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10.01.2021

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

– Marianne Williamson (Author and Activist)

Exodus, “The book of names” ironically seems to be intentionally ambiguous, with names of the main characters at the outset of the book. The verses seem deliberately vague. We learn that the Jewish people greatly multiplied, and a nameless man took a nameless woman and had a nameless child, that only later on we will discover is called Moses. Even the name Moses was not the name given to him by his parents but rather by the Egyptian princess who discovered him in a basket in the river.

Why?

The Torah points out that the mighty Egyptian empire felt threatened by the swelling of the population of the Hebrews. Yet here again it seems unclear and perhaps even the Egyptians were unclear as to what was the precise threat and concern, was it the Jews or the increased Jewish birthrate they felt threatened by?

The Egyptian strategy was to have cast into the Nile every male born Jewish child. The policy seems futile and nonsensical, one cannot effectively limit reproduction of a nation merely by throwing the male children into the Nile whilst keeping alive the female children what did the Egyptians hope to achieve.

This was something that even later tyrants found absurd as noted in Midrash Rabbah

Haman, himself the master of a planned final solution said, “Pharaoh must have been mad to say, “every boy to be born must be cast into the Nile, but every girl should be........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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