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Dvar for Vaeira
Exodus 6:2-9:34

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In Parshat Vaeira, Moshe is given the daunting task of leading the Jews out of Egypt. After Moshe and Aaron talk to the Jews and to Paroh, they realize that it won't be easy. Paroh won't give up all those Jewish slaves, and the Jewish slaves are too busy working to think about being freed. After Moshe tells G-d this, G-d tells Moshe, Paroh, and the Jewish people that they will be released. Suddenly, the Torah starts listing the families of the first three tribes, until it gets to Moshe and Aaron's family. It's nice that we finally know who Moshe's parents were, but isn't it out of place here? Then, after the family tree is listed, the Torah repeats that Moshe and Aaron are the ones that talked to Paroh to get the Jews out. Besides the fact that the statement seeming obvious, we know that while Moshe was the leader, it was really only Aaron who spoke, since Moshe had the speech impediment. So in fact it wasn't Moshe AND Aaron that spoke, but only Aaron, which makes it seem that the account of the Torah is inaccurate!?

Rav Moshe Feinstein answers our first question by explaining that although Moshe had great potential when he was born (he radiated light), it was only when he USED that potential that he became great. Once he achieved his goal in life, only THEN was his family tree mentioned, to act as a credit to them. With the help of the second question, though, we can understand this concept on an even deeper level...The Torah says that both Moshe and Aaron spoke to Paroh to free the Jews from Egypt. The main emphasis is on the fact that they BOTH worked on getting the Jews out of Egypt. Since each used their own strengths to reach that goal, it was as if they both talked to Paroh, even though Moshe didn't! (at the end of 6:28 Moshe and Aaron are mentioned in singular form, as one). We too, not only have to achieve our own potential, but as Jews are able to collectively achieve greatness far beyond our own personal potential! We all have to look at ourselves, find things we're good at, and then use them to better ourselves and others. Whether we're good with people, capable with computers, patient with kids, or adept at reading and understanding, this Parsha is challenging us to reach our own individual potential and apply it to our Judaism, so that we can act as a credit to every other Jew!


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