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Growing up we all learn the miraculous story of how Moshe (Moses) came to be in the land of Egypt. Hollywood has done an incredible job of twisting this account in Sh’mot (Exodus) 2 by making us believe Moshe didn’t know who he was when we can clearly see that he was raised by a Hebrew woman; his own mother in fact, and in Sh’mot 2:11, Moshe goes to visit his “kinsmen” and ends up defending a Hebrew, “one of his brothers”.
One day, when Moshe was a grown man, he went out to visit his kinsmen; and he watched them struggling at forced labor. He saw an Egyptian strike a Hebrew, one of his kinsmen. ~ Sh’mot (Exodus) 2:11
We certainly could go into a teaching of how Moshe was raised in Pharaoh’s home; like Yosef, and spent trail periods in his life equalling 40 years each trail: 40 years as an Egyptian, 40 years learning to be a shepherd in Midyan, and 40 years wandering the desert with the people of Isra’el, but we’ll save that for another teaching. What we’ll focus on is the detail that I, for many years, completely overlooked until this revelation came from reading this week’s parasha (Sh’mot/Exodus 1-6:1). In the following scene taken from the animated movie “The Prince of Egypt”, we see the dramatization of baby Moshe (Moses) as he’s put in the basket and pushed down the river. The scene starts at 3:22.