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Parshat Shmot

Parshat Shmot tells the story of Bnei Yisrael’s enslavement in Egypt and the birth of Moshe, who would eventually lead them to freedom. One of the most famous midrashim about this parsha is the one that explains the significance of Moshe' name. According to Rashi, the name Moshe is related to the verb "to draw out" (mashah in Hebrew) because he was "drawn out" of the water by Paroh’s daughter. This midrash teaches us that God had a plan for Moshe from the very beginning of his life and that his destiny was to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

Another midrash explains the significance of Moshe being placed in a basket and floated down the Nile river. The midrash teaches that the Nile river was considered a god by the Egyptians, and Moshe was placed in the Nile as a way to nullify the power of the Nile and to show that Moshe was chosen by the God of Israel.

Furthermore, Rashi also explains that the name of God "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh" that Moshe received at the burning bush, which means "I will be what I will be", teaches us about the infinite nature of God and that God is beyond our human comprehension.

Parshat Shmot is a reminder of God's plan for individuals, that through difficult times, there is always a purpose and a plan, and that God's nature is beyond human comprehension. The story of Moshe in this Parsha serves as an inspiration for all of us to trust in God's plan for our lives and to have faith in the face of adversity.



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