The Sixties Radical-Azriel

G-d didn’t tell Moshe for us to be rebuked instead G-d told Moshe to remind us of our heritage and who we are. Then G-d would redeem us and bring us out of exile.

Moshe did tell us to stop serving idols.

This is the key. G-d wants us to see the beauty of our heritage and who we are in G-d.

“G‑d told Moses that He was now going to redeem the Jewish people in order to give them the Torah and to bring them to the Land of Israel. Moses asked how he should explain G‑d’s silence throughout the Jews’ century of slavery. G‑d replied that He indeed felt their pain throughout their exile. However, the exile had a purpose, and His mercy is operative at all times, even if it is hidden. G‑d then told Moses that if he tells the people that the time of their redemption has arrived, they will believe him – despite their complaints about G‑d’s treatment of them.

G‑d told Moses to tell the people], “I have indeed remembered you and what is being done to you in Egypt.” Exodus 3:16

Even though the Jews had sunk to a dangerously low spiritual state, even serving idols, G‑d did not tell Moses to rebuke them or to warn them that if they do not mend their ways their exile will continue. Rather, G‑d instructed him to remind them of the merit of their forbears and to announce that in this merit and in the merit of their suffering they were about to be redeemed. Only much later, when he had an alternative for them – a commandment for them to fulfill – did Moses tell the Jews to stop serving idols.

Similarly, the most effective way to draw the hearts of our fellow Jews closer to G‑d is by first showing them the beauty of their heritage and uplifting them with the promise of the Redemption.1 Sefer HaSichot 5751, vol. 1, pp. 250, 252.”

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