Monday, April 14, 2008

Moshe's employer


In the Haggadah we say that HaShem saved us from Egypt Himself, ולא על ידי שליח, without an emissary.

This triggers an obvious question: Wasn't Moshe HaShem's emissary?

The Avudraham explained: HaShem actually performed the miracles, so Moshe was not HaShem's emissary. Moshe's role was as emissary of the Jews to Paroh.

Perhaps this helps explain why Moshe was so concerned that the Jews believe him - because they were really the ones sending Moshe. They had called out to HaShem for help, and this was the help, sent at their request. Therefore he needed their confidence; had they not trusted Moshe, the redemption could not have happened.

Have a great day,

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