This week’s Torah reading of Sh’mot is the first of the book of Exodus, and in a sense it marks the great leap from Genesis and the story of Creation to the story of slavery and redemption. But I’d like to hark back to the conclusion of Genesis, specifically for the purpose of comparing Joseph, the protagonist of the book’s last fourteen chapters who leads the Jews down to Egypt, with Moses—introduced in our parashah—who takes them out. Which characteristics distinguish them as leaders? Why did God choose them for their respective tasks?
Joseph vs. Moses: A Comparison
One engages in dialogue with his fellow Jews, and one engages in a dialogue with God. What’s the meaning of the difference?