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The Slain Side
At times, we feel a struggle
within us as we have that which pulls us to the secular side and that which
pulls us towards Hashem. We must sever that secular side and serve Hashem
exclusively. The Pasuk statesויפן כה וכה וירא
כי אין איש ויך את המצרי, Moshe turned to both directions and saw there was no man so he
killed the Egyptian.
Moshe grew up in Egyptian aristocracy. He thus had an Egyptian side to him in
addition to his Jewish side. Accordingly, it can be understood that Moshe
turned here and there—to his Jewish side and Egyptian side. וירא כי אין איש—he realized that is not a man as that is a contradiction. So ויך את המצרי—he killed his Egyptian side.
Many have become a Baal
Teshuva because they realized this hypocritical behavior within themselves.
Approximately 25 years ago, in Los Angeles, a secular Jew was on his way to a
concert with his non-Jewish girlfriend. When the crossing guard at the traffic
light consistently allowed people to cross the street while he waited at the
traffic light numerous times although he had a green light, he complained. The
guard told him he was instructed that when the Jews come to the traffic light,
he should allow them to cross the street since today is Yom Kippur. He then
thought to himself and decided to cancel his concert plans and go to synagogue
for Yom Kippur. He then drove his girlfriend home. Today he is the father of a
religious family in addition to being the Gabai of a shul.
Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’
Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from
R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for
various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a
suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is
passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
Shemos 2:12. Rashi (2:14)
says that Dasan and Aviram informed on Moshe killing the Egyptian. With this we
can comprehend a new meaning in ואד יעלה מן הארץ (Breishis 2:6) as אד are the initials of דתן, אבירם who were יעלה מן הארץ as they
publicized the news of the Egyptian being killed who was buried in the ground.
We are taught that 80% of
the Jews died in the plague of darkness (Shemos 13:18, Rashi). One
interpretation of this is that they died spiritually since they assimilated,
but not actual death. The darkness refers to spiritual darkness.
It has been jokingly said
that if a hypocrite is what separates you from Hashem (as this is some people’s
excuse for being non-observant), then the hypocrite is closer to Hashem than
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