“You shall cast into the Nile every boy who is born, but every daughter you shall make live.” (Shemot 1:22)
At first glance, its would seem that Pharoah’s decree targeted only the infant boys born to Bnei Yisrael, but not the baby girls. If so, why was it necessary for Pharaoh to add and emphasise, “but every daughter you shall keep alive”? This implies that keeping the daughters alive was an active and integral part of his evil plan.
Pharaoh’s objective was to stop the growth and continuity of the Jewish people. As such, he decreed that half the children born to Bnei Yisrael be annihilated physically – and the others spiritually. Pharaoh did not tell the Egyptians to allow the Jewish baby girls to live; he told them, “Every daughter [of Bnei Yisrael] you shall make live.” You – the very same Egyptians who are murdeing the Jewish boys – should install your Egyptian values and lifestyle into all the surviving children, thereby spiritually annihilating whatever remains of Bnei Yisrael.
Indeed, the first part of Pharaoh’s decree – to drown the baby boys in the Nile – conveys a similar message. Since it seldom rained in Egypt, the Egyptians relied on the waters of the Nile to irrigate their crops, and astray depended on it for their very sustenance, they considered the Nile a deity. Accordingly, drowning Jewish children in the Nile is a metaphor for immersing our children in the values, culture and lifestyle of our secular surroundings, thinking that this immersion will grant them a secure future.
It is crucial that we recognise that this approach stems from the likes of the evil Pharaoh – those who seek toot destroy Jewish growth and continuity, if not physically then spiritually. In order to give our sons and daughters life, we must grant them an education that focuses on their true livelihood – the vitality that we Jews receive from “the Torah of Life”.
-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 1, pp. 111-112)
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Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits
We wish long life to the Hecht and Dawood family on the passing of Mrs Rosaline Dawood, 101, grandmother of Rabbi Mendel Hecht, mother of Mrs Simcha Hecht.
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