Leaders in Spite of Their Ancestry Parashat Va'era

The Book of Exodus highlights a new leader not emphasized in Genesis - Moses, the son of Amram, of the Tribe of Levi.

Toward the end of the Book of Genesis, two future leaders seem to emerge from among the sons of our patriarch Jacob: Judah and Joseph. Judah is a leader who learns, who suffers ups and downs and encounters failures, but knows how to acknowledge his mistakes and take responsibility for them. Joseph is a natural leader who reaches that status almost automatically and becomes viceroy of Egypt. Yet, after Genesis...