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Daily Wisdom 23 Tevet 5783

January 15, 2023 Verse Shemot (Exodus) 5:9

By Rabbi Michael Skobac

"Let the work be heavier upon the men..."

Pharaoh's goal was to keep the people constantly busy with this heavy workload so they would not have time to contemplate their existence and dream about the possibility of freedom.

According to R' Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Way of the Upright) this is the strategy of the yetzer hara, our inner adversary. And in our world today, it seems to be working.

We are always so incredibly busy. Ironically, the technology we invented to make our lives easier and give us more free time has taken over our lives. We have become tethered to our phones and tablets and computers needing to attend to a constant bombardment of pings and notifications.

Just as our ancestors in Egypt, we are in desperate need of liberation.

By Rabbi Michael Skobac


Rabbi Michael Skobac had been involved with Jews for Judaism (Canada) since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Education and Counselling. He is a leading authority on missionaries, cults and issues relating to Jewish continuity and Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Skobac's publications include Missionary Impossible; Counter-Missionary Survival Guide; The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspetive; and Intermarriage: Is There Ligth at teh End of the Tunnel? Republished by Angelique Sijbolts with permission for the Noahide Academy.

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Republished by Angelique Sijbolts with permission for the Noahide Academy.

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