Vayikra 5773 (part 2)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A person's name defines his/her qualities. The Midrash tells us that Moshe had 10 names, signifying many different qualities. But why did Hashem choose to call him "Moshe"? It's not even a Hebrew name! Rav Chaim Shmulewitz explains that the name "Moshe" signifies "mesiras nefesh," self-sacrifice. Pharaoh's daughter put her life on the line saving a Jewish baby and named him after the risk she took. This became Moshe's main quality and was instilled in his soul. Throughout Bnei Yisroel's journey in the desert, we see Moshe put his life on the line in order to save them.


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