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...
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