Shemot 5784: Moshe’s Moral Development

Posted by Pardes Faculty on January 3, 2024
Topics: Shemot, Pardes from Jerusalem, Shemot (Exodus)

This week, we begin the book of Shemot and are introduced to Moshe. Yet, by the time Moshe takes up the mantle of leadership, he’s already in his later years, and his developmental years are practically skipped over.

Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy joins us this week to examine those developmental years with three stories; Moshe’s smiting of the Egyptian slavemaster, his stepping in during a conflict among his own people, and his protection of the Midianite women and their flocks. Exploring these three stories, we gain insight into Moshe’s moral growth, his relationship with his own people, and his sense of justice for all.

Credits: Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy and Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield – Pardes Faculty

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