Daily Aliya for Shemot, Shlishi (3rd Aliya)
Aliya Summary: Moshe was raised in Pharaoh’s palace. When he matured, he went out one day and saw an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew. Moshe slew the Egyptian. Word of his deed reached Pharaoh, and Moshe was compelled to flee. He escaped to Midian where he married Zipporah, the daughter of Yitro. They gave birth to a son, Gershom. Back in Egypt, meanwhile, the plight of the Israelite slaves was worsening. They cried out to G‑d, and He remembered the covenant He had made with their forefathers.
It is interesting to note the contrast between Yosef and Moshe in this Aliya: Yosef was identified by the Wine Steward as a Jewish lad, while Moshe was identified by Yitro’s daughters as an Egyptian man. Yosef was privileged to have his remains buried in the Land of Israel, while Moshe apparently did not enjoy the same privilege. Apparently sometimes it’s good not to blend in.
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