In the Parsha this week, Moses and Aharon approach Pharaoh, asking him to let the Jews leave Egypt. In response to their request, Pharaoh decided to increase the Jews’ workload to an unbearable level. Moses tries to comfort the people, telling them their redemption is so close, G-d will soon lead them to freedom. But as the Torah relates, “They did not heed Moses, because of shortness of breath and hard work.” Like the prince in our story, the Jewish people had become so mired in Egyptian slavery, obsessed with their immediate surroundings, that they couldn’t even bear to listen to Moses’ words. They forgot who they were, and forgot G-d’s promise to their ancestors.
Each of us is a prince or princess. At any moment of the day, we are able to cry out to Avinu Sh’bashamayim, Our Father in Heaven. Throughout our lives, we have countless opportunities to be close to Him by learning Torah or following His commandments. But all too often, we forget who we truly are, and all we can think about is a pair of shoes….