Friday, January 9, 2015

Tiferes Tzvi for Shemos: Chidush from R' Schwab

The posuk says: The foremen of the Children of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying…Straw is not given to your servants, yet they tell us, ‘Make bricks!’ Behold your servants are being beaten, and it is a sin for your people.  (5,15-16)

What is the meaning of "it is a sin for your people." ?
"Rav Shimon Schwab זצ"ל explains that the foremen were warning פרעה. He was giving orders that were impossible to fulfill, thereby causing them to transgress his command. Nonetheless, פרעה’s taskmasters beat them for it. This being so, ה' will act מדה כנגד מדה and punish פרעה for something that will be impossible for him to do. This ended up occurring when ה' took away פרעה’s free will and he had to transgress the command to let the בני ישראל go. Nonetheless, ה' still punished him for transgressing."
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