Dvar Torah Parshat Bo 5772 2012

There are two types of outstanding personalities. One is very popular among the average person. He has exceptional qualities that make him acceptable to the common person. He gets along with them and they enjoy his company. There is another type of personality that is more attracted to a higher class of person. He has traits and characteristics that appeal to people in a higher position or on a more intellectual level.

Moshe was the kind of leader that was able to deal with all kinds of people. The Torah says: GAM HA’ISH MOSHE GADOL ME’OD BE’ERETZ MITZRAYIM BE’ENEY AVDEY PHARO UVE’EYNEY HA’AM, “… moreover, the man Moshe was great in the land of Egypt, in the eyes of the servants of Pharaoh and in the eyes of the people.” (Ex. 11,3)

The Torah testifies that Moshe was appreciated and honored by all. He was held in high esteem among the servants of Pharaoh who were in effect his advisors and, at the same time, he was honored and respected by the average person in the land.

This was his greatness. He was able to deal with everyone at their own level. This makes a true leader, one who is not only acceptable to a particular class but one who is appreciated by all.

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