19 Jan Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Sh’mot 5777
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Sh’mot, beginning the book of Exodus and introduction not only the mail story line for the rest of the Torah but also the main character, aside from God, Moshe. Moshe, whose very existence is miraculous in that his parents were able to spare him the wrath of Pharaoh’s decree against Israelite male babies and he survived his trip down the Nile river, is himself performing miracles by the end of the parasha. It seems he was destined for greatness from birth and over the course of these next four books of the Torah he will fulfill that destiny. Truth be told though, Moshe tried valiantly to avoid this path in life, arguing with God at the burning bush, but this is what Moshe was meant to do. It reminds us all that sometimes a job or place is meant for us and try as we might there is nothing we can do to avoid it. Hopefully, our own journeys turn out at well as Moshe’s does.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik