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HaShem said to Moses, "Come to Pharaoh..."  So begins the Hebrew text of this week's parashah, titled, "Come."  Although we usually read, "Go" to Pharaoh," the actual Hebrew is once again, much more interesting and rich.  The words tell us something that Christians often miss or ignore.  That is, that the G-d of all creation can work through the most evil of men as well as through His chosen servants.

The L-rd told Moses that He was trying to demonstrate Himself to the people of the world by using the most despicable man of history; the man who ordered thousands of babies murdered to demonstrate his godlike power.  the opening lesson reveals, His plan with these words: "I have made him and his officials stubborn so I can continue to display my power by performing miraculous signs among them.  You will be able to tell wonderful stories to your children and grandchildren about the marvelous things I am doing among the Egyptians to prove that I am the L-rd."

And so, year after year, the story of the Exodus is recounted at Passover.  Once again, may I urge you to make plans to attend a Seder this spring.  But, I caution you to not go as a spectator.  We are instructed by the Rabbis that we are to celebrate this festival as if we had actually been at the Red Sea.  This is based upon the very word of HaShem, from Exodus 13:8-10, "On that day tell your son, 'I do this because of what the L-rd did for me when I came out of Egypt.'  This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that the law of the L-rd is to be on your lips. For the L-rd brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.  You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year."  You see, first, we must realize that the deliverance that G-d gave to our forefathers was for us.  Then, we must instill in our children and our grandchildren that it was also for them!  This is our task; to teach our children to walk in the way of the L-rd.

Keep praying.