Bo: The Public Declaration


This week’s lesson is dedicated by Rabbi Leibel and Musie Kesselman
in loving memory of their daughter Chana Kesselman
in honor of her fourth Yartzeit, 29 Teves

The Egyptians who revered cattle as deities, but they were remarkably tolerant of the Jewish tradition of eating meat. But when the Jews slaughtered the sheep for the Paschal offering, they went berserk. What happened?

Lesson Contents:

A. The Egyptian Rebellion

In this week’s Torah portion, G-d commands the Jews to take a sheep and prepare it for slaughter (Source 1). This caused the miracle of Shabbat HaGadol, when the Egyptian firstborns realized they were in a bind and started a civil war (Source 2-3). 

As the Rebbe explains, this was an exceptional miracle, because it came from within the Egyptians themselves (Source 4).

But, the Rebbe asks, why did the Jews deserve it? As explained in Source 5, miracles only happen when we earn it. 

B. The Jewish Revolution

The answer is that we earned it by repudiating idolatry. The Jews were idol worshipers (Source 7), and it was at this moment that they cut themselves off from idol worship despite the danger (Source 8).

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