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How many families are torn apart because
they refuse to compromise with each other?

G

ebrates his'ability to glorify terrible
od tells Moses to go to
Pharaoh and tell him to free ... power, even at the expense of his own
the slaves. Pharaoh of course country.
Unfortunately, so much of the
refuses.
misery of the world occurs because
Moses tells Aaron to throw down
the leaders of so many countries are
his staff in front of Pharaoh. He does,
and it becomes a snake. The Pharaoh's more interested in their power than in
their people's welfare. They
magicians then throw down
would rather destroy their
their staffs, which also
enemy and themselves,
become snakes. Even when
than allow their enemy to
Aaron's snake devours
live peacefully.
those of the magicians,
This is not just a politi-
Pharaoh is not impressed.
cal issue. We do not have to
He probably assumes that
look farther than our own
his magicians will eventu-
families. How many fami-
ally make a bigger and
lies are torn apart because
more dangerous snake.
they refuse to compromise
God then tells Moses to
with each other? How much
tell Aaron to throw the staff
misery is there when peo-
into the Nile. Aaron does
ple would rather be unhap-
and the waters become
py as long as they know the
blood. Here is where things
other is unhappy, too?
get a bit odd.
The Torah teaches us that this
Pharaoh's magicians then turn
approach can never work well. We
water into blood. They do not turn
have to ask ourselves in relationships
the blood back into water. This just
with others, are we like Pharaoh,
increases the misery of his own
someone who is willing to risk every-
people. He does not care. Pharaoh is
thing for our own egos, or will we be
happy that he can be just as destruc-
tive a force as the God of Israel. This is like Moses, someone who looks out for
the well being of everyone, no matter
how we know that eventually he will
how challenging they may be?
fail.
Pharaoh brings Egypt to its ruin
Aaron Bergman is a rabbi at Adat Shalom
because he would rather bring harm
Synagogue in Farmington Hills.
to his own people than let others live
in peace and freedom. He only cel-

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