Ex. Ch. 1:8 – “Now there arose a new king of Egypt, who knew not Joseph.”
This line may be read as: “And now there arose a new ruler over the narrow places (mitzraim) within ourselves, who knew not the tzaddik, the yearning to connect with the holy one of blessing within us.
This week I had a skiing accident (non-life threatening) on a family vacation in West Virginia. All of the temptations of ego arose and arise, like self-pity and fear over the length of recovery. All this week I have been struggling to remember what I have learned in meditation, which is to try to not suppress these desires and fears, but to allow these emotions to arise and watch them burn like the bush in the parsha, but not be consumed by them.
May we, like Shiphrah, Puah, Miriam, and Moses of this parsha have the bravery to resist external oppression, but may we also have the courage and patience to respond wisely to doubt and anxiety within.