Texts on Pesach Characters
"The bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed. God called to him out of the midst of the bush, and said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters: for I know their sorrows. Come now therefore, and I will send thee to Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring my people the Children of Israel out of Egypt."
(Kibbutz Passover Haggadah: p.35: The Kibbutz Movement Holiday Archives, Beit-Hashitta: 1994)
"And Moshe and Aharon went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Yisrael: and Aharon spoke to the words which the Lord had spoken to Moshe, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed" (Shemot 4, 28-30). And afterwards Moshe and Aharon went in, and told Par'o, Thus says the Lord God of Yisrael, let my people go"
(Exodus 5: 1)
"And the Lord said to Moshe, Go get thee down: for thy people which thy broughtest up out of the land of mizrayim, have become corrupt: they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed to it, and said. these are thy gods, O Yisrael, which have brought thee up out of the land of Mizrayim. And the Lord said to Moshe, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moshe besought the Lord his G-d, and said, Lord, Why does thy wrath burn against my people wherefore should Mizrayim speak, and say, In an evil hour did he bring them out, To slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce anger, and relent of this evil against thy people. Remember Avraham, Yizhaq and Yisrael. And the lord relented of the evil which he thought to do to his people"
(Exodus 32: 7-14)
"And Moshe chose able men out of all Yisrael, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties and rulers of tens. And they judged the people at all times: the hard cases they brought to Moshe, but every small matter they judged themselves"
(Exodus 18: 24-27)
"Therefore, when I read the Passover Haggadah and about Moses son of Amram, hero of all heroes, who stands as a pillar of light on the threshold of history, hovering before me and elevating me to "the higher world, In my heart I dismiss all these questions with one short and simple and answer: This Moses, this hoary figure, whose reality and essence you are trying to clarify is not a matter for scholars such as you. We have a different Moses, our own Moses, the one whose form is writ large on the heart of our people from generation to generation and whose influence on our national life has not ceased from ancient times to now. Moses' historic reality does not depend upon your learned treatises. For even if you managed to demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Moses the man never lived, or that he was not as he is depicted, this would not diminish by one iota the historical reality of the Moses ideal -- the one who led us not only forty years through the Sinai desert, but thousands of years, through every the desert we have crossed from the Exodus from Egypt to the present.
(Moses by Ahad Ha'Am)
"The king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, saying, "When you deliver the Hebrew women, look at the birth stool: if it is a boy, kill him; if it's a girl, let her live." The midwives, fearing God, did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live. So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, "Why have you dome this thing, letting the boys live?" The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women: they are vigorous. Before the midwife can come to them, they have given birth."
(Exodus: 1:15 - 20)
Miriam (Moses's sister)
"A certain man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw how beautiful he was, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer, she got a wicker basket for him and caulked it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in to it and placed it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. And his sister stationed herself at a distance, to learn what would befall him".
(Exodus: 2:1 - 4)
"Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get you a Hebrew nurse to suckle the child for you?" And Pharaoh's daughter said, "Yes." So the girl went and called the child's mother"
(Exodus: 2:7 - 9)
Batya (Pharaoh's daughter)
"She spied the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to fetch it. When she opened it she saw that it was a child, a boy crying. She took pity on it and said, "This must be a Hebrew child."
(Exodus: 2: 5 - 10)
"When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, who made him her son. She named him Moses, explaining, "I drew him out of the water."
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