Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher, Dean of Students and Senior Lecturer at Diaspora Yeshiva, is not only a popular speaker and teacher, but also a dynamic thinker and writer. A student of Harav Yaakov Kamenetsky and Harav Gedalia Schorr, Rabbi Sprecher was granted smicha (rabbinical ordination) by Torah Vodaath Yeshiva. Prior to his current position, Rabbi Sprecher was a professor of Judaic studies at Touro College in New York. In addition to his duties at Diaspora Yeshiva, Rabbi Sprecher writes a regular column on various Judaic topics in the Jewish Press, and lectures regularly at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem.
Moshe-Prince of Egypt
Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 06:14:27 PM
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Although born to a noble Levite family, the son of Amram and Yocheved, Moshe had an upbringing in his formative years in the palace of Pharaoh. Moshe grew up as a Prince in the mightiest world power of his day. Despite the fact that all the Jewish boys that were born during the same period as Moshe were ordered killed by being cast into the Nile, G-D manipulated events so that Moshe would not only survive Pharaoh's deadly decree, but grew up a Prince in the very home of the king that would have killed him.

It is even more compelling that Moshe also grew up in the very home of the king that he eventually confronts, challenges, and overcomes, as he becomes the redeemer of Israel. The fact that Moshe was raised by spending his formative years in such close proximity to the world's most powerful rulers of the Egyptian royalty was a Divinely engineered leadership training program, tailor-made for Moshe.

If Moshe was to challenge and ultimately defeat the Egyptian political establishment to benefit his people, then it was certainly a prerequisite for him to have a personal and intimate understanding of the inner workings of Egyptian leadership and what makes it tick. This could only be attained by being raised in that royal environment from a very young age.

Furthermore, Moshe being born into the tribe of levy and to parents as noble and righteous as Amram and Yocheved, inherited unique spiritual qualities for leadership. A Moshe can only arise as the product of such a home, dedicated to Jewish spiritual values and leadership. It is from this same home that Moshe's siblings, Aharon and Miriam, emerged and became distinguished national leaders in their own right.

In fact, G-D tells the prophet Michah, "I brought you up from Egypt, from the house of slaves I redeemed you, and I sent my agents for you, Moshe Aharon and Miriam." This verse teaches that G-D is an equal opportunity employer.

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