Paro decrees all first born males have to be put to death. Moshe’s mother instead hides him for three months and then when she cannot hide him Moshe is cast upon the waters trusting in Hashem to take care of him
Shemot 1:3. [When] she could no longer hide him, she took [for] him a reed basket, smeared it with clay and pitch, placed the child into it, and put [it] into the marsh at the Nile’s edge.
In the face of the most trying circumstances and even against the most pressing odds we have to trust in Hashem. This is an act of deliberate prayer that Moshe will be okay. When Paro’s sister then picks him up out of the water it sets into motion everything that will result in the the deliverance of the Jewish people from their bondage.
It is a simple act of courage and yet from this unwavering faith so much will be coming forth. The explains the hidden meanings in this passage.
Zohar Shemot: (2-11b) (188). “And she hid him three months” (Shemot 2:2). What is the significance of three months? Rabbi Yehuda said: This intimates a hint that Moses was not recognized in supernal radiance until three months as it is written: “On the third new moon “(Shemot 19:1). For then the Torah was transmitted by him, and the Shechinah revealed Herself to him before the eyes of all, as is written: “And Moses went up to the Elohim, and the Hashem called to him” (Ibid. 3).: “And when she could no longer hide him” (Shemot 2:3). For until that time, his communication with the Holy One, blessed be He, was not perceived. And then it is written: “Moses speaks, and the Elohim answers him by a voice” (Shemot 19:19).
Moshe is being prepared for his entrance into the world of Mitzrayim complete with the Shekinah watching over him. This sense of connection will mature into his perception of Hashem and the knowledge of that inner conversation of holiness.
The basket he is placed into presages the ark of the covenant and the pitch and clay inside and out point to both the positive and the negative commandments. Moshe symbolized the ultimate in connection above, reflection below. The garments of the soul are worn either with full Consciousness or in the other direction with utter abandon. Moshe will demonstrate this Consciousness as he matures and his relationship with Hashem unfolds.
A deeper explanation is also provided further along in the Zohar…
193. “She hid him three months” (Shemot 2:2). These are the three months in which Severe Judgment is prevalent in the world. And which are they? Tamuz, Av, and Tevet What is he trying to tell us? before Moses descended to this world, he was above. Therefore, the Shechinah joined with him from the day he was born. From this Rabbi Shimon derived that the spirits of the righteous were above before they descended into this world.
We come into this world wearing the garments of above and indeed are connected in heaven according to the merit of mitzvoth. In a sense every time a child is born a piece of heaven comes to be revealed on earth. At the time of Moshe’s birth the world in which the Jewish people were enslaved was ultra materialistic much like today.
Moshe accompanied by the Shekinah is able to open up that side of spirituality that through Torah the Jewish people were inevitably connected to. In the same way whenever we connect to Torah we connect to the Shekinah and to our heavenly place in the Garden of Eden from when souls emanate in varying degrees of readiness the work that must be done. B”H
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