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Why Did God Want to Kill Moses? - Part 1 (Part 1 of 6)

The History of Moses in the Bible

Every hero has an origin story. We are all familiar with Moshe’s origin story. But there is one episode in the story that actually seems quite unfamiliar. 

On the road back to Egypt with his wife Tzipporah and their two sons, Moshe and his family stop at an inn when the strangest thing happens. God tries to kill Moses! Fortunately, level-headed Tzipporah saves the day by circumcising their second son and then the story suddenly ends. (Yes, this is a real story from the Chumash! Look it up! It’s Exodus 4:24-26.)

What a strange story! 

God was the One who sent Moses to Egypt. Moshe was doing what God told him to do! So why would God try to kill him?! Talk about shooting the messenger!

In this newly remastered and reanimated video series, Rabbi Fohrman weaves an interpretation of this story into a larger, magnificent tapestry shedding new light on our origin story - The Exodus.

Discover other great passover content at Aleph Beta, including ‘Why Did God Allow Slavery’, ‘What Is Passover?’, and ‘The Seder Meal’.

Rabbi David Fohrman

Founder and Lead Scholar






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