January 18, 2024 / 8 Shevat, 5784 • Parshat Bo
Issue 804
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

Pharaoh agreed to Moses’ request to allow the people to go into the desert for three days to offer up sacrifices to G-d, and asked who would be going.

Following Our Children

Moses said, “We will go with our young people and with our elders; we will go with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and our cattle, for it is a festival of G-d for us.”

Exodus 10:9

Moses mentioned “our young people” before “our elders” in order to emphasize the primary importance of teaching the youth to develop their relationship with G-d. Pharaoh ridiculed this concern, insisting that only adults need to be involved in spiritual practice and observance.

Moses was vindicated when later, the Jewish children were the first to recognize G-d when the sea was split. Their heightened spiritual sensitivity bore witness to the care that their parents had invested in their education.

Just as the Jewish people’s attention to the spiritual growth and development of their children preceded the Exodus from Egypt, so it will be in our times: our dedication to the spiritual growth and development of our children will hasten the final Redemption.

--Daily Wisdom Volume 3