Question: In the story of the exodus from Egypt, there are several heroines who one way or another contributed to the liberation of the people. One of them is Batya, an Egyptian, the daughter of Pharaoh.
When it was announced that all boys must be killed, Moses’s mother sent him down the river. Batya knew that it was a Jewish boy, but she still felt sorry for him. What happens in a person or between people when what is forbidden, and it is clear that this will be followed by punishment, is suddenly given a thin corridor of salvation?
Answer: This is always the case. If you completely despair from the previous states and no longer see in them any breakthrough forward, no opportunity to continue your spiritual path, then a new force appears—from above. It is precisely from above, because it comes from Pharaoh.
Pharaoh is a huge egoistic desire of man to rule, to enjoy, to enrich himself.
But he also had a daughter, Batya. Batya means “daughter of the Creator” (Bet-Yod-Hey). And there is a very interesting continuation of the spiritual development of humanity through her: she rescues this baby floating on the river and nurses him.
She nurses Moses with the help of his own mother because she offered herself as a nanny. Until recent times it was customary for a outside woman to nurse a child.
Moses grew up in the royal palace, in the royal family, and received the highest education and upbringing at that time. He was called the adopted son of Pharaoh. He was sitting on Pharaoh’s lap, playing with his beard. Pharaoh’s priests predicted that this was not good and that he would inherit the throne. But his adopted grandfather loved him. And Batya, of course, was very pleased. That is how Moses grew up.
Question: From the point of view of our time, what does it mean that this boy was playing with his opponent and that he liked it?
Answer: Pharaoh is not yet an opponent. Moses is still young and grows at the expense of the Pharaoh. Our altruistic nature develops at first precisely at the expense of egoism. It plays with the egoism, the egoism cultivates it, and then it becomes the opponent of egoism.
At first, all our good, altruistic actions, which will manifest in us, are born inside a small, egoistic person. Small not by age but by his development. And they continue to develop until a certain period, until the fortieth anniversary.
40 years is the level of Bina. Therefore, until the age of 40, Moses lived and was brought up in Pharaoh’s palace. And only then did he begin to understand that he could not continue to act like this, that he had to get out of there. Hating the Egyptians for subjugating his people, he suddenly discovered his connection with the people. And not just with the people, but with the mission that the people should carry.
Jews are gathered from all the nations of the world in order to lead them to the revelation of the Creator, to the quality of bestowal, love. And Moses felt it.
From his fortieth birthday onward, we no longer hear about his foster mother Batya. And he begins to treat Pharaoh in a different way—to torment his adopted grandfather.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/12/19