This week’s discussion I’ve entitled
“But a Man” – in which Rav Hirsch gives a unique insight in to a few passages which, at a superficial glance, would seem dry.

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  1. If i understand correctly, the two points are: (1) to negate Moshe being of Divine birth and (2) to reveal to us his inherent worthiness as a Chosen of God.

    On the first, the Divine origin reason, did that thinking only come about, historically, much later? But even if not, the Pharaohs of old were considered by them and their people as demi-gods despite everyone clearly knowing their lineage. If so, wouldn’t his mundane birth just be ignored. Alternatively, since we know the calibre of his ancestors, would it not just promote the concept of him being of God-like stature despite mortal birth?

    The second point, I understand, tells us of his calibre and worthiness through listing of his lineage? It displays his potential but does not inherently point to us that he was greater than his siblings or that he actualised that potential through the citing of his lineage. Or is that not the point, it was supposed to just demonstrate his potential and outside sources are used to enlighten us as to his level?

    However, I think your introductory point, which is the inherent beauty of this particular Rav Hirsh if not all, is his message that all things in the Torah has a unique and fundamental message that cannot be ignored. In fact that itself is a fundamental principle of learning and it insightful to hear its message being fulfilled and demonstrated and not just preached.

    Thank you for this insightful piece of Rav Hirsh.


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