Rabbi Tanya's Passover Message
Every time I read the story of Exodus I cannot stop thinking about all Moses’ many upsetting experiences with his people and his siblings.
One of the greatest leaders of our people ended up in a job he did not want to do but ended up doing it - and doing it very well in the circumstances.
How many complaints did he have to listen to? The two rebellions of Korah and Datan with Amiran would have been enough. The Golden Calf was dayeinu even for God - but Moses stood up for his people. What did he feel when Miriam and Aaron, his comrades and family, put him down publicly by talking behind his back? I wonder whether Moses ever felt like giving up. I think he did. He must have. After all, he was only human and with a responsibility not many people would want to bear.
At the end of his life Moses brought his people in one piece, so to say, to the Promised Land, with the Law, the Torah, which they all received and were committed now to follow. What better reward could have been given to such a great servant of the Almighty but a resting place in the Promised Land? That privilege he was denied by his Boss. There are many of traditional and modern commentaries written about the reason for such a harsh verdict. Whatever the reasons were, it still seems unfair to me. I admire Moses for being so accepting of his fate, regardless of what he might have thought and felt in private.
All Moses, the unlikely man to be a leader to start with, thought about before he died were his people. He died a great leader.
But I wish he had stood up for himself.
Have a meaningful, joyful and an educational Pesach! Make an effort to learn one new thing about our tradition you didn't know before and pass this knowledge on to those around the table who know how to ask questions and those who don't know how.
Chag Pesach Sameach!