Friday, December 24, 2010
The Weekly Portion
In this week's Parashat HaShavuah we learn about Moses Prince of Egypt escaping to the country of Midian. Imagine. The Israelites are labouring on a public works project. An Egyptian superviser is mistreating an Israelite. There comes Moses and kills the Egyptian. Rapidly, he hides the body in the sand. No one has seen him, he goes about his business. Next day, two Israelites are fighting. Moses tries separate them and as he should have known, both turn against him. "What, are you going to kill us as you killed the Egyptian?" they say. What a revolting people those Israelites! Instead of showing gratitude, they are ready to delate him to the police. Moses will not be safe in Egypt with these "stinkers" (delators) blackmailing him. He has to run for his life to the desert. What was Moses thinking while watching those stupid sheep ruminating in Midian? "Bloody Israelites! One saves their life and the next day they will delate you to the police! I'll teach them RELIGION! I'll put the Fear of God in their black hearts and straigthen out their slave mentality!"
Moses was a man of few words. Forty years later all those who blackmailed him were dead. Together with all the other Egyptian-born Israelites. Four thousand year after, the ghost of vengeful Moses is out there haunting us few Israelites still around.