Monday, April 13, 2009

Pharaoh, the unwilling slave-driver?


“The sages asked: Why is Pharaoh called a 'new king' in the Torah? It was the same Pharaoh!

"It’s because the Egyptians had said to Pharaoh, ‘Let us deal with this nation [the Jews].’ And Pharaoh had replied, ‘You fools! Until now, we ate of their work, how could we do this to them? If not for Yosef, we wouldn’t even be alive!’

“But when Pharaoh would not listen, they deposed him for three months, until he said, ‘I’m with you in whatever you decide to do,’ and then they restored him to the throne.’”

(Midrash, Sh'mot Rabbah 1:8)

Have a great Moed,

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