Between Ignorance and Knowledge Parashat Shemot

Moses, who grew up in Pharaoh’s palace, seeks to administer justice in the fair-minded manner that Pharaoh taught him, to establish partitions and form a new reality.

Joseph dies at the end of the Book of Genesis and a new king ascends the Egyptian throne − a king “who knew not Joseph” ‏(Exodus 1:8‏). The ignorance of Joseph’s existence and deeds enables a redefinition of Pharaoh’s relationship with the Children of Israel, allowing him to reassess the situation: “And he said unto his people: ‘Behold, the people of the children of...