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The Parsha elaborates on the biography of Moshe Rabbeinu, in and as a result of the increasing enslavement in Egypt. Moshe was adopted by Pharaoh's daughter and raised in the palace of Pharaoh, separated from the people of Israel, and from the life of servitude, and describes the stages of Moshe's personal development and the reestablishment of connection and attachment to the people of Israel.

"And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moshe: and she said, because I drew him out of the water. And it came to pass in those days, when Moshe was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. (Shmot 10-12).

One must pay attention to two emphases in the verses: twice "grow up" and twice "his brothers". The emphasis on growth raises the question of the Midrash about the need to mention this: "And Moshe grew up" - and for that not all grow: man, beasts, animals and chickens, but to tell you that he grew up unlike the whole world "(Shemot Rabbah 1:27). However, his double growth is also about the authority: "And Moshe grew up - and it is already written," And the child grew up, "Rabbi Judah said:" The first one as everyone grows up and the second to the greatness that Pharaoh appointed him over his house. In other words, when he grew up, his greatness began, and he was appointed to a high position in Egypt, to be in charge of the royal household.

It is precisely because of this that there is an added significance to the discovery of brotherhood, which is emphasized in the double meaning of the word "brother":  How did he come out of the king's house to connect with the Hebrews who were engaged in hard labor, each of them, if he could distance himself from their company so as not to fear their wickedness? Asks the Abarbanel in Shemot 2:11 and the Ramban replied: "And he went to his brethren, because they told him that he was a Jew, and he wanted to see them. When he chose to kill the Egyptian, he chose to give up the greatness that awaited him at Pharaoh's house.

The connection between his 'growth' and his 'greatness' must be emphasized. It is not at all clear that a person in such a situation seeks the ancient connection to his origins and to an enslaved people considered inferior and without rights: "Moshe grew up and went out to his brothers". The sense of responsibility and genuine caring for their fate is an expression of his greatness and greatness in his choice, in which he prefers to act in the best interest of his people, to be the first leader and redeemer of the people of Israel.

Observing the history of great men; Great scholars, great inventors, and great leaders who have changed the face of society and history, a doctrine that shares a common denominator; were not born like that. Each of them had a point in their lives when the 'great choice' of their lives took place, the choice of greatness. From this choice, the path of their Aliyah began, and from there they also drew the tremendous will and perseverance that motivated them on their way to the high achievements they reached. "And Moshe grew up."

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