Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An Inanimate River

As Hashem prepares Moshe and Aaron to unleash the first of the ten plague on Egypt, he commands the brothers, "Say to Aaron, 'Take your staff an stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt," (Exodus 7:19). Rashi explains the reason Aaron was chosen to strike the River, and not Moshe, was that the same River had protected the infant Moshe when his mother placed him upon it (Exodus 2:3). It would have been wrong of him to be the one to inflict a plague on it.

This should teach us a very important lesson: if the Torah considers it wrong to show ingratitude to an inanimate river, surely one must be zealous never to slight a human being ...

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