Now The Matter Is Known

(Selected and adapted into English from the sefer Mayona Shel TorahParshas Shemos)
(אכן נודע הדבר (ב:יד
Now the matter is known…
Originally, Moshe didn’t understand why the Bnei Yisroel, more than any other nation, were being subjected to so much suffering in the Egyptian exile. But now that he saw with his own eyes, the instigations, quarreling, and slander that was among them, the reason became clear to him, until he even asked “How can I take Bnei Yisroel out (of Mitzrayim)?”- With what merit should the Bnei Yisroel be redeemed? Their instigations, quarreling, and slander certainly have already nullified any merits that they might have for redemption!”   –Sefas Emes*
*[The Sfas Emes concludes “For everything relies on the speech of a person. As it’s written ‘Death and life are in the hands of (a person’s) speech.]

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