Avraham Fischer is a rabbi at Darche Noam Institutions.
Moses and Aaron play complementary roles in communicating God's message of redemption to both the Children of Israel and to Pharaoh.
As the Israelites transition from being servants of Pharaoh to servants of God, they acknowledge that God will instruct them in how to best serve God.
The complicated beginnings of the Exodus from Egypt establish the expectation that redemption is often not a smooth process.
We should strive to emulate Abraham and Isaac rather than emulating Laban, who compartmentalized his values.
In naming his sons, Joseph communicates his thoughts on living in Egypt, alone and distant from his family.
Jacob sends Esau the message that despite having lived with Laban, he has kept the commandments and learned to stand up to powerful figures.