By: Nechama Bauer (11th Grade)
In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shemot, the Torah discusses how the Jewish people were enslaved by Pharaoh in Egypt and suffered through his harsh decrees. This began the 210 years of the Jewish people’s prolonged suffering in slavery. Moshe, the son of Yocheved and Amram, was raised in the Egyptian royal palace by Pharaoh’s daughter Batya, who saved him from the Nile River. Serving as an Egyptian prince, Moshe killed an Egyptian for attacking a Jewish slave. After this occurrence, Moshe escaped to Midian, married Tziporah, and became a shepherd. Later, Hashem appeared to Moshe in a burning bush and demanded that Moshe return to Egypt to free the Jewish people. Moshe returned to Egypt with full intentions of releasing the Jewish people from Pharaoh’s grasp.
There is a deep message that is expressed in this week’s Parsha. Even though Moshe was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter Batya in the palace, he never quit on saving his people, the Jewish nation. We should all learn from Moshe’s drive and never give up, even in the face of adversity.