Question: Are the front wheels of a car more important than the rear wheels?
Answer: Back wheels supply balance – and in some cars forward propulsion. Front wheels provide steering and direction. Despite their differences, most people maintain that both axle units are to be equally regarded.
The Rationale: The purpose of a car is to travel. A car missing any one of its four wheels will – at best – furnish an uncomfortable ride. Comparison becomes moot.
This example proves, that although items have differing functions, one ingredient is not necessarily better than, or superior to, another. Where several elements contribute to a greater good, each component is equally valuable. The totality could not be achieved without the input of all the various elements.
In Judaism, men and women have been allotted dissimilar roles. Women are obligated in fewer commandments. Many have misinterpreted these differences and mistakenly assume that the Torah values the accomplishments of men over women. This is a fallacy. More responsibility is not synonymous with more importance. Prizing men over women is tantamount to prizing the front wheels over the rear wheels. Both genders are critical for the Nation, both contribute in their unique ways to building and sustaining the Jewish People.
In some places, The Torah mentions Aharon before Moshe, and in other places it mentions Moshe before Aharon, to teach us that they were equal. (Rashi, Shemos 6:26)
Without much thought we can easily name a few of Moshe’s achievements. Moshe was undoubtedly the greatest prophet that ever lived. The Torah attests that his humility was unrivaled. Moshe was the law-giver taught by G-d himself. Yet, Aharon was equal to Moshe. How is this possible?
Aharon, too, excelled in many areas. His most outstanding attribute was functioning as ‘National Peacemaker’. Aharon strived to ensure both social harmony and marital peace. Both Moshe and Aharon were instrumental in developing the nation. Thus, although Moshe was the king, providing the people with direction, Aharon played an equally important role. Aharon gelled the masses into a cohesive unit which could then act as a vehicle for Moshe’s leadership.
Moshe and Aharon were different but equal.