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Section: Galus & Geula   Category: Galus
Paroh Declares Victory
Moshe suddenly arrives on the scene after decades of bitter slavery and declares he will take Bnei Yisroel out of Mitzrayim.  Paroh for one is not impressed.  After Moshe's first audience with Paroh, the Bnei Yisroel are hit with a much heavier workload and not the respite that they were hoping to be granted.  Paroh announces that among the many Deities in his Rolodex, he doesn't recognize anyone called Hashem.  There is some grumbling among Bnei Yisroel but things go on and Moshe, despite being very disappointed with the mission, continues.

Next up comes Makas Dam.  Sure it's frightening for the Mitzrim and water is in short supply, but they very quickly learn to circumvent this by digging along the sides of the Nilus.  Anyway after a week things are back to normal.  Worst of all Bnei Yisroel is still enslaved.  After that comes the frogs.  Boy were they scary and deadly as well.  Not too mention the horrible noise keeping the Mitzrim up at night.  Surely Bnei Yisroel greatly enjoyed the scene.  Better yet Paroh promises to send them out, so the Maka ends.  Rather than sending them out, Paroh toughens up and declares victory.  Surely he sent images around the globe of the horrible mess caused by the frogs garnering sympathy and probably plenty of funds and volunteers for the cleanup.

Then comes Kinim.  This is admittedly the hand of Hashem but nevertheless Paroh remains stubborn declaring Mitzrayim's resolve, not recognizing Hashem, and boasting of victory after each passing Maka.  Meanwhile the Bnei Yisroel are still enslaved.  The events, on the face of it, make you wonder why Hashem didn't "finish the job".  Why did he let the Mitzrim off the hook each time he had them on the run?  Why were we still enslaved if our all powerful Hashem was fully in control and toying with the enemy?

As the Makos progressed, life did get easier for the Bnei Yisroel.  Their political fortunes even started to take a turn for the better.  Now they were becoming stars in Mitzrayim and their Mitzri neighbors suddenly even started to like them.  So much so that most of them wondered if it was even worth leaving Mitzrayim.  Life was pretty good right where they were.  Unfortunately for them, they never saw the light, perishing in the darkness of Choshech just before the final conclusion.

Raboisai, the hour of history is late.  All the signs point to the final redemption.  There is nary a single nevua about the galus left from Tanach that hasn't either already occurred or is unfolding right now before our eyes.  Make no mistake about it, if Moshiach doesn't come today, then he will come tomorrow or the day after.  Past events are the best guides for the future.  As we read the Parshios of the ending of Galus Mitzrayim, it would be foolish of us not to take note and learn the many lessons that can be gleaned from that ordeal, both the positive and negative.

It is up to us to make it happen sooner or later.  We can determine how painful the birth of the geula will be.  Now, if ever, is the time to live Yetzias Mitzrayim and not just have the weeks fly by, going unnoticed while we miss the whole point and forget whose hand is directing the unfolding events and shaping our ever changing world today.  Let's all daven and improve our ways so that Hashem will for once and for all "finish the job" and we will be zocheh to see the incredible light of the Shechina shine on this world.
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