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Shemoth: Why Did Bathya See Baby Moshe First?

Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe
Thursday, January 4, 2018/Tebeth 17, 5778

וַתֵּרֶד בַּת פַּרְעֹה לִרְחֹץ עַל הַיְאֹר וְנַעֲרֹתֶיהָ הֹלְכֹת עַל יַד הַיְאֹר וַתֵּרֶא אֶת הַתֵּבָה בְּתוֹךְ הַסּוּף וַתִּשְׁלַח אֶת אֲמָתָהּ וַתִּקָּחֶהָ "And Pharaoh's daughter went down to bathe at the river, and her handmaidens walked alongside the river; and she saw the basket in the bullrushes and she sent her handmaiden and fetched it (or: she stretched out her arm and fetched it)" (Shemoth 2:5).

It behooves us to see G-d's actions in everything that occurs. When we look at this story, we think nothing of the fact that Pharaoh's daughter was the one who first saw Moses in the bullrushes. Rabbenu the Alshikh, 'a"h, points out how we clearly see G-d's hand in this matter. The maidservants were the ones who should have seen the baby first, because they were the ones walking alongside the river. Had they done so, however, they would have killed him, Heaven forbid, before the princess could have seen him.

G-d made it that Bathya, Pharaoh's daughter, saw him first because, as we know, she was very righteous and felt merciful towards him. This is another very powerful example of how G-d's protection is ever present in our lives, but we do not take the time to look for it. We must take time out every day to see the miracles that G-d does for us daily.

(See Alshikh on the Torah, Shemoth 2:5)

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