Pop Parsha: Parshat Bo "Bringing Sexy Back"
This week we read Parshat Bo where we return to the story of Moses and Pharaoh, this time for the final three plagues of locusts, darkness, and the death of the firstborn.
Rabbi Shavit-Lonstein and I have been engaged in a month-long debate on Temple of Aaron’s bimah about whether Moses was justified in killing the Egyptian before fleeing from Egypt. The more and more I read from our commentators and midrahsim, the more I want to drop all of my books and say: Could it be that Moses was just so much better than all other human beings that he is judged on a different level?
After seven plagues and all that we know of Moses, it seems that we still want to find ways to make Moses imperfect. I am not sure if it is an inferiority complex or actual denial of his greatness. Maybe it’s similar to how all baseball players from the last 30 years, regardless of what they say or do, are suspect of tainted production. Some players were cheating, but some were just Ken Griffey Jr. good.
Sometimes in this world there comes along a person who simply is too good to be true. Sometimes it’s our significant other, sometimes it’s a musician who is incredibly talented, and sometimes it’s the greatest prophet ever. While we are hesitant to believe in their greatness, sometimes we have to accept and follow their lead (or at least buy their album). Instead of trying to find their faults, we should instead enjoy their accompaniment and legacy. I am not sure what Justin Timberlake’s album will bring, but if I was a betting man I bet it’ll be platinum. And I know that Moses had flaws, but I am tired of hearing about them. I want to hold onto the idea that man can be that great and closely connected to God.