More Equal than Others

Va’eiro

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. ‎

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