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Parshas Bo 5784


ויאמר יהוה אל משה בא אל פרעה כי אני הכבדתי את לבו ואת לב עבדיו ... (י-א)

The first posuk in the parsha tells us: Hashem says to Moshe, “Bo el Pharaoh - Come to Pharoah.” Why did Hashem say, “Come” to Pharaoh rather than “Go” to Pharaoh, which would have been more grammatically correct? If Hashem is commanding Moshe Rabbeinu to go somewhere, wouldn’t it make sense for him to “Go” there?

The Bechor Shor explains that Hashem was telling Moshe to “come with Him” and He will go with Moshe to Pharaoh. It was as if Hashem was holding out His hand and saying to Moshe, “Come with Me, I will go with you to Pharaoh. Don’t worry about a thing because I will be with you the whole time! There is absolutely nothing for you to worry about!”

We all need to be reminded that we are never alone. Hashem is always at our side. Hashem is always with us and especially during the hard and scary times, Hashem is right there with us, truly holding our hand.

There is a famous mashal that Dovid HaMelech writes about in Tehillim. He describes himself as a baby in his mother’s arms. Secure and comfortable. That is how he feels. Hashem is like the mother who is holding him tight and will never let him go. Think about it. A baby that is in its mother’s arms really has no worries in the world. The mother can be busy, running around from place to place, even from city to city, taking care of a great many things. But at the end of the day, if you were to ask this baby, “Where were you today?” All he would say is, “I was in my mother’s arms.” It really doesn’t matter to him where he went. He was safe and secure and that is all that counts.

May we all be zoche to picture this imagery and try to feel the great gift that we have of being held constantly by Hashem. May we always try to remember how much Hashem loves us and how fortunate we are to be carried by Him every step of our lives. Remember, you have nothing to worry about: Hashem will either catch you when you fall, or teach you how to fly!


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