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A Lile ier r
By Simon Jacobson

One of the most moving verses describing Moses’ early days is often overlooked.  

Moses’ life begins with a very gentle moment: a little sister watching over her baby brother. As the three-month old Moses lay floating in a basket on the riverbank, his seven-year-old sister, Miriam “stood at a distance to see what would happen to him” (2:4).  

We may never know the full impact that Miriam’s gentle watch had on Moses’ great life. We do know that because Miriam patiently waited and watched over Moses, she later merits that the entire nation “did not move” and waits for her to heal and return home before they travel on (Numbers 12:15. Mishne Soteh 9b).  

Oh, how we are in need of such sisters today?  

Every one of us, at one time or another, will be floating on a “river,” feeling abandoned and left alone in foreign waters.  

Which child is not in need of someone watching and protecting the child? And even as adults – our “inner child” and even our “outer adult” – needs to know that we are being watched over and protected.  

A little girl just about 3400 years ago teaches us about our responsibility to protect the children around us.  

Rise women, sisters and daughters. Protect your children. Watch over your men.  

A little care today, even for a mere hour, results in a lifetime of reward.   All great events are borne out of small, unnoticed acts. All great people rise out of humble, quiet moments.  

Every great person has a “sister” who watched over him.  

Who will you watch over?

Posted on January 15, 2007
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