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Lev Avos Blog

Exploring Tanach while reflecting on parenthood

Seeing the Light

Yechiel Shaffer

When Moshe was born, he was good. 

When his mama looked at him, she saw his radiance. 

For the longest time, the Pharoah was stuck. He was miraculously hard-hearted. He was in too deep. He could see no way out.

Until the plague of darkness. 

The Plague of Darkness

Exodus 10:24

וַיִּקְרָ֨א פַרְעֹ֜ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֗ה וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ לְכוּ֙ עִבְד֣וּ אֶת־יְהוָ֔ה רַ֛ק צֹאנְכֶ֥ם וּבְקַרְכֶ֖ם יֻצָּ֑ג גַּֽם־טַפְּכֶ֖ם יֵלֵ֥ךְ עִמָּכֶֽם
Pharaoh then summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the LORD! Only your flocks and your herds shall be left behind; even your children may go with you.”

Why, the Kli Yakar wants to know, does Pharoah only call Moshe to get rid of darkness? 

Because the Pharoah is stuck, and there is only one person that has ever brought light to this world. He finally begins to unstick himself (be it, too late) by noticing what Moshe's mother noticed in the first moments of Moshe's life. 

A new mama looks at their child and sees their light.

How long will it take for us to see our own light?