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by Chaim Saiman    
Torah from Dixie Staff Writer    

Think Tank is a weekly column by Chaim Saiman which poses thought-provoking and philospohical questions on the Torah portion. Readers are encouraged to send in their responses which will be posted on our website.

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"Baby Moses"

One of the problems that we face when reading the Torah is, believe it or not, that we know too much. Since we are already familiar with much of the general story line, we tend to miss the subtleties and complexities of the unfolding plot. This week's Torah portion is a perfect example of this situation.

We know that the daughter of Pharaoh pulls Moses out of the Nile and raises him as her son. With this information in hand, the plan of Moses' mother Yocheved seems almost logical. But if we step back and remember that nobody knew that Moses would be saved, we must ask, what in fact was her original intention? Certainly Yocheved was not the only woman in her predicament. We can only assume that every Jewish mother in Egypt lay awake at nights attempting to devise a plan to save her child from the Egyptian murderers. Furthermore, every law-abiding Egyptian was probably expected to bring any Jewish children to the proper authorities.

What, then, was Yocheved's plan as she built her son's floating cradle? What was Miriam expecting to see and do? Was this an act of nonsensical desperation, an ultimate act of faith, or a carefully thought-out scenario?

E-mail your thoughts to thinktank@tfdixie.com and we'll post them on our website.

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Chaim Saiman, a native Atlantan is starting law school this week.

E-mail your thoughts to thinktank@tfdixie.com and we'll post them on our website.

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