Sunday, January 06, 2013

Parshat Sh'mot, 5773/2013 thoughts, slightly belated

Since I'm a day late, I might as well post the Hillel (standing-on-one-foot) version, which is here--that post contains links to every previous Sh'mot post I've ever written (I think).

Oops, missed this one due to the post's name.  Sh'mot highlight:

"Here's a little something that I spotted this year [2012]: What's the story with Sh'mot/Exodus chapter 6, verse 15's statement that Shim'on's/Shimon's/Simeon's/Simon's son Shaul/Saul is the son of a Canaanite woman? Who the heck did the rest of B'nei Yaakov (the sons of Jacob) marry?"

This year's thought:  My previous assertion to the contrary notwithstanding, maybe G-d didn't lie 100%.  I noticed this time around that there was, in fact, one time when Aharon/Aaron did speak in Moshe's/Moses's place, and that was when Moshe first returned to Mitzrayim/Egypt and appeared before the  elders of B'nei Yisrael (the Children of Israel/Jacob)--see Sh'mot/Exodus chapter 4, verse 30.  My Psychology-101-style interpretation is that Moshe, who'd grown up in Par'oh's/Pharaoh's palace, felt more comfortable speaking to Par'oh than to the Hebrew slaves.

Conservadox posted some interesting historical speculation regarding Par'oh's enslavement of the Hebrews.  (Sigh:  He's so quick on his feet that he's already posted about Parshat Vaeira/Vaera [whatever].)


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