it Torah thought for 01/11/98
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A Parent Rebukes Children He Loves

The Midrash Rabba says in the beginning of the Book of Shemos (Exodus) that Abraham did not rebuke his son Ishmael, and Ishmael went into evil ways, and Abraham hated him. This is shown by the fact that Abraham sent Ishmael away without money even though Abraham was wealthy. Isaac did not rebuke his son Esau, and eventually did not give the birthright to Esau. David did not rebuke his son Abshalom, and Abshalom eventually pursued his father trying to kill him. The Midrash teaches that G-d loved the Jewish people so He caused them to be slaves, a way of rebuking them so that they would grow into a nation worthy of receiving the Torah.

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