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Stepping Up to the Plate

By: Emily Yarkony

There is no transition in the Torah from Moshe, prince of Egypt, to Moshe as Jew. He grows up and sees the suffering of the Jews and gets involved. There are three places where Moshe intervened in arguments between people, the first between Jew and non Jew, the second between two Jews and the third between two non-Jews. In all he championed for justice. In the first case it might seem that Moshe acted out of solidarity, he now identifies as a Jew and feels bad for Jewish suffering, in the second he feels the pain between fighting within the nation, but the third one shows that he believed in justice as a Midah irrespective of who was involved. In the world today we tend to identify with the headlines about Jews. We respond to world terror and ask were there Jews hurt. Moshe however, while he identified with his brothers and shares in their suffering also championed justice for all. When he looks from place to place to see if there is any man, Vayikra Rabbah says Moshe was looking to see if there was anyone else to champion Gds cause, once he saw that there wasn’t he had no choice but to get involved.

This year in Amit we have been involved in daily chesed experiences, we don’t wait for other to champion Gds cause; we step up to the plate and get involved.