Despite the order to kill all Hebrew male infants, a couple from the tribe of Levi gives birth to a baby boy. The mother hides her son for as long as she can — three months — before placing him in a waterproof basket on the riverbank among the reeds. The child’s sister watches after her young brother, and when the baby is discovered by the daughter of Pharaoh, she offers to find her a wet-nurse for him. As the Israel Bible mentions, these humble beginnings produce the greatest teacher the Children of Israel have ever known. Moses is even noted by the Torah as the most humble person (Numbers 12:3).
Three episodes are described in which Moses comes to the aid of those less fortunate than himself. While in the first incident, the Torah does not describe the reaction of the recipient’s of Moses’s help, in the second incident, the people were ungrateful for Moses’s intervention, and threaten to turn him into Pharaoh. Moses is forced to flee Egypt, after which he has another opportunity to help others. In this case, his aid is greatly appreciated. In this new land, he finds a wife and starts a family.
While Moses is settling into his life in exile, the Torah relates the degree of the Israelites’ suffering. God observes their oppression and decides the time has come to release them from their bondage.
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