The daughter of Pharaoh-the history saver

The daughter of Pharaoh, Bityah according to the Jewish tradition, is definitely a character who saves the history. When she went down to the Nile River to wash herself with her maidservants- she saw the ark and after her maid brought it to her she heard a voice.

This was the voice of the future hero, the voice of the future to be the leader of the Israelites, the voice of Moses. It’s interesting to read the verse that describes this voice, since it creates a tension. Let’s examine the words as written:

” וַתִּפְתַּח֙ וַתִּרְאֵ֣הוּ אֶת־הַיֶּ֔לֶד וְהִנֵּה־נַ֖עַר בֹּכֶ֑ה וַתַּחְמֹ֣ל עָלָ֔יו וַתֹּ֕אמֶר מִיַּלְדֵ֥י הָֽעִבְרִ֖ים זֶֽה׃”

“And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, this is one of the Hebrews’ children.”(Exodus 2:6)

In Hebrew that word that is written to explain the voice of the crying is “Na’ar” (נַ֖עַר) which means a lad or nowadays we say a teenager. How could it be and Bityah knew that this is a Hebrew child.

About the second question we can claim that she saw that Moses was circumcised, and this solves the tension, but what about the voice of the lad that is not found in the translation.

Eben Ezra claimed that his body was like a body of the lad, Rashi mentioned that his voice of crying was as a voice of a teenager, Chizkuny said that it was Aaron that cried about Moses and not the voice of Moses. The Midrash explained that his voice was changed to a voice of the lad since Gabriel the angel slapped him.

And you, dear readers, what do you say?

How would you solve this tension?

This time my voice is with Rashi

Have a blessed week, Eli

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