Rav Yehoshua Leib Diskin: Vaeira
The 29th of Tevet is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Yehoshua Leib Diskin (1818-1898), the Rav of Brisk, Yerushalayim leader, son of Rav Binyamin Diskin, Rav of Volkovisk. He was born in Horodno. Reb Yehoshua Leib was engaged before his bar mitzva and at the age of fourteen he married the daughter of Rav Brode and lived with his father-in-law in Wolkowitz. He became rov in various cities such as Lomza, Mezritch, Kovno, Shklov, and finally in Brisk. Moved to Eretz Yisrael after Yom Kippur in 1876.
“And he said to the, “God shall be with you just as I will send you with your children!” Pharaoh was convinced that Israel would receive some form of Divine Revelation in the desert, but he could not conceive that children should be present for such an event. They couldn’t possibly benefit from the experience. Therefore, he was convinced that Moshe and Aharon were trying to trick him.
Moshe and Aharon understood that a child’s soul would be shaped by experiencing Revelation, just as we believe that a child’s soul can be shaped by the Torah he is taught.