Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
Special Unique Relationship With Us
God's Special Unique Relationship With Us
Torah Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
most of this Parashah talks about how Moshe (Moses) tells
Paro (Pharaoh) to let the Jewish people leave Mitzrayim
(Egypt) and how God curses Mitzrayim, there is a part that
talks about our relationship with God and His relationship
with us. In
this Parashah, it says (Sh'mot, Perek Vav, pasuk zayin -
and I will take you to Me for a people, I will be to you a
God, and you will get to know that I am Hashem your God, Who
bringeth you out from under the burdens of Egypt,
taught that we should each take a teacher to help us learn
Torah. In Pirke
Avot (The Ethics of Our Fathers), this is explained
as taking actual people to be our teachers or that we can
choose to study from a great rabbi of the past.
For the most part, this is the choice I have made.
I learn from the writings of Rav Samson Raphael
Hirsch who was a great rabbi in 1800's.
says that when God said "I will take you to Me for a
people," He was not thinking in terms of a religion but
a relationship and that this relationship is with all the
Jewish people. The
next part says, "I will be to you a God," meaning
that we also have the same relationship with Hashem.
He took us to be His people and we took Him to be our
God. This goes
beyond any religion. Even
when we did not have the State of Israel, as we do today, we
were still God's "am," His Nation, His
Perhaps, most important, is that God dictated to us what would be involved in how we worship Him and keep His Laws. In other words, God invented Judaism and no one else. And guess what? God only did that with the Jewish people.
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