Sunday, January 29, 2012

The KOTZKER REBBE on Parashat BO

Photo: Miriam Woelke



A famous and popular teaching by the Kotzker Rebbe (Rabbi Menachem Mendel Morgensztern, 1787 - 1859): 

"Hashem said to Moshe: COME (BO) to Pharaoh ..."

Why is G - d telling Moshe to COME to Pharaoh instead of GOING to Pharaoh ? Moshe is not there yet and still needs to go to Pharaoh in order to speak to him. 

The Kotzker Rebbe sees the BO as if G - d Himself is already there. He is a Pharaoh's and waiting for Moshe to COME. This implies that, wherever the Jews are going to, G - d is already there. Even in the Diaspora, the Jews are not alone. 

Whenever we feel alone, we are not, as there are two "people": Me and G - d.

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