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Moshe and the Missing Link. Please Help Us!
Moshe was chosen by Hashem to be the redeemer of the Bnei Yisroel.  Certainly his life's work justified this prestigious position.  Moshe left Mitzrayim as a young man and didn't return until he was 80 years old.  He didn't suffer the fate of his brothers.  Why was he more worthy than Aharon?  Certainly the suffering of the Bnei Yisroel didn't give Moshe a single night's sleep all those years he was away.  Was that it?  Was it something else?  What was he doing all those years?  Why is nothing written about this in Torah? 
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Anonymous, 2007-12-24 04:04:23
In order for Moshe to be the savior of B'nai Yisroel he could not have a slave mentality. So Hashem took him out of the common people, put him in the palace, and eventually took him out of Mitzrayim to grow as a shepheard in the wilderness. All of the great leaders of B'nai Yisroel were shepheards because a shepheard has to be a complete giver. Aharon, although immensely great, did not take the same role as Moshe Rabeinu. Also, maybe Hashem wanted one person in Mitzrayim, who could relate to the people and understood exactly what they went through while enslaved. Aharon was also the Ohev Shalom veRodef Shalom, and maybe he had to be in Mitzrayim to make sure that the general attitude amongst the Jews was one of love and unity.
L , 2007-12-24 06:32:59
Adding to the previous comments. Maybe there's a correlation to becoming a leader and leaving one's family. Yehuda leaves his family, goes through tough times but gets the kingship. Yosef is forcibly removed from his family and becomes a great leader and gets some kingship. Yaacov is forcibly removed from Israel but ends up multiplying from 70 souls to 600,000 in just 210 years. In terms of Moshe being chosen the answer is Pen Yirbu, Ken Yirbu. So although Aaron is born while the Jews are being oppressed, Moshe is being born while Egyptians are waiting outside one's tent to throw all babies into the water. It's much more impressive to come from the most oppressed time period. And then to sneak the baby under the Egyptians noses in their own palace. That gives a sense of comedy to the whole situation. In terms of the isolation from one's family or society or the departure from the doing what everyone else is doing allows a person to become a navi. And in terms of the Torah not talking about Moshe's interim years the Torah also doesn't talk about Abraham's interim years (the years between discovering G-d and being talked to when he's 70 or 75 years old). And the only way for Abraham to grow is to be separated from his family as well.
Mo, 2007-12-25 00:38:30
I would like to add that according to the theory of anonymous that Moshe was freed from the slave mentality by being outside of Mitzrayim, in Mitzrayim all Shevet Levi was treated specially and were not enslaved (see Rashi on Parshas Shemos). Also if you look at the Shla in Parshas Balak you can see that davka being enslaved or as the previous comment wrote being cast out from home are part of the purification of Am Yisrael and leaders. Saying that we can say Moshe was chosen because of his unique capabilities which Hashem saw in him, something we can't really fathom. But an interesting point of Moshe's special capabilities can be seen in the Tiferes Yisrael on the Mishna in the last Perek in Kiddushin on the words 'Tov SheBarofim L'Gehenim'
F., 2007-12-25 00:58:33
A person can earn tremendous reward with one act. In this case Moshe may have earned his stripes by killing the Mitzri. He was the Kings "son" yet he risked it all because the fate of his brothers didn't let him sleep. For this he was sentenced to death and eventually escaped banished forever from his home and from his family. Is that not enough?
YS, 2007-12-25 01:00:37
In order to be a manhig of Klal Yisroel (not an easy bunch) you need to perfect yourself. Caring for sheep for many decades apparently is the best training for the job.
Anonymous, 2007-12-25 01:40:06
Moshe suffered in jail for ten years. He then eventually recieved all the prestiege one could want with other nations.

His careing as you pointed out. However there are still certan dangers involoved in being a Moshe Rabbeinu. All that he went through help remove any hint... that he was "Anav mikol adam".
Anonymous, 2007-12-26 10:58:43
Moshe was chosen to be the leader at a very young age. He grew up in the palace and everything he wanted. He could have been wined and dined his whole life and enjoyed basking in the sun. But was that Moshe did? No! Perek 2 pasuk 11 - Moshe went out of the palace, out of the complete comfort to visit his brethren that were in pain. Rashi says he went to grieve with them. (The Midrash says that because of this he told Paroah that if the Jews had an extra day of rest they'd work harder. Paroah said yes and Moshe picked Shabbos) Only someone who was able to give up so much to step into his brother's shoes could make him the eventual leader. So in essence the Torah really wrote all that was necessary in explaining why Moshe was chosen (and he definitely didn't get a good night's sleep while he was away)

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