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    They all had a share – Sh’mot

    The Midrash has some remarkable insights.

    It says that when Pharaoh decreed destruction for the Israelite babies, it was not only Amram’s wife and daughter who took action. Other Biblical figures were involved.

    Job (Iyov) remained silent and was later punished by a series of personal afflictions. He should have spoken out and insisted that the Hebrews be properly protected. Maybe he felt his voice would not be heeded, but he had no right to keep silent.

    Yitro heard the decree and ran away, yet later he was rewarded by having his descendants officiate in the sanctuary.

    Maybe he recognised that his protest would go unheeded but he could not stay there and keep silent: that would have suggested that he condoned the evil, so he had to flee.

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