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Come On

by Benyamin Cohen    
Torah from Dixie Staff Writer    

At the onset of this week's Torah portion, Hashem once again tells Moses to meet with Pharaoh to ask for the release of the Children of Israel. The verse states, "And Hashem said to Moses, 'Come to Pharaoh'" (Exodus 10:1).

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At the onset of this week's Torah portion, Hashem once again tells Moses to meet with Pharaoh to ask for the release of the Children of Israel. The verse states, "And Hashem said to Moses, 'Come to Pharaoh'" (Exodus 10:1). Interestingly, the verse is worded in a very strange manner. It would seem that Hashem should have told Moses to go to Pharaoh instead of telling him to come. Why the peculiarity?

Many commentators agree that the reason the verse is mentioned in this way is based on a critical creed in Jewish philosophy. Jews are supposed to believe that Hashem is Omnipresent, that He is everywhere. No matter where we are, Hashem is there too. Not only is Hashem master of time and space, but he is watching over us with a concerned eye, almost with parental affection. In telling Moses to come to Pharaoh, Hashem was, in essence, informing Moses that He would be there with him. Moses, come to me. I'll be by your side. I'll help you out. Come to the king's palace -- I'll be there.

This should be an inspiration to all of us. During rough times, we must remember that we are not alone. Hashem is always with us.

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Benyamin Cohen, a native Atlantan, is currently a sophomore at Yeshiva University.

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