It’s easy to mistake the three miracles performed by Moshe as insignificant: water turning into blood; a staff turning into a snake; and a leprous hand that healed. They were originally intended to instill belief in Pharaoh and the Israelites – but even Pharaoh’s own magicians were able to repeat the signs, and at the first sign of trouble, the Israelites lost faith. So, if the signs were unsuccessful, why did God have Moshe perform them in the first place?
Perhaps these signs suggest at a lifeline given to the Egyptians – an invitation to be part of the redemption process, not against it. Through a string of miracles, God continued to give the aggressors a chance to believe and do as Moshe instructed – even until the end. It was a chance for the redemption of Egypt, where all the pain would be forgotten. But in their rejection to recognize God, His compassion was directed to the Exodus, a justice wrought for the Israelites' pain and suffering. For the Israelite nation, the signs were beacons of hope of God’s power, and in the end, their faith in His miracles blossomed into triumph. Their pain and anguish could finally be left behind forever.
Rabbi Fohrman introduces these three miracles that God gave to Moses as a new way to look at Passover's core themes. Discover a story of belief, hope, compassion and redemption – significant themes that are relevant for the whole family, even today.
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