Shlomo Ezagui

Life’s Twists and Turns

Samuel Arkwright

The books of mysticism reveal some incredible hidden secrets: the souls of the brothers Cain who killed his brother, and Abel, were reincarnated in the bodies of Jethro and Moses.

Cain killed Abel because two girls were born with Abel and only one with Cain. As the older brother, Cain felt he was entitled to this extra girl, so he killed his brother Abel to keep her as a wife for himself.

Jethro’s daughter, Zipporah, was the reincarnation of this extra sister, who had now returned to Moses, the soul of Abel. The circle was finally completed.

The second book of the Torah is called, in Hebrew, Shemot, “names.” The book opens with a tremendous anomaly. First, it delineates the names of all the tribes that descended to Egypt. Names. Yet, the book continues with a series of stories without mentioning any names at all!

The King (Pharoah) tells the nurses, who are given nicknames, to kill the Jewish boys. We are told these nurses were Yocheved and Miriam, Moses’s mother and sister. The Torah, however, does not tell us their names.

“A man from Levi’s house took a wife from Levi’s house.” No name.

A child (Moses) is born, the daughter of the King hears a child crying, the sister (of the boy) is standing by, and the child is given to the child’s mother to nurse for 24 months. No names.

Although we are aware that Moses had several names given to him by his relatives, only the name that the daughter of Pharaoh gave him three months after his birth is still with him.

Moses goes out at the age of 20 to see the travails of his brothers and sees an Egyptian smiting one of his brothers and kills him. The next day, he sees two of his brothers fighting. When Moses tries to break the fight, they start yelling at Moses for what he had done the day before. Fearing being outed, Moses is forced to escape Egypt for Midian.

Only when Moses was 80 years old do we hear from Moses at the burning bush! God asks Moses to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt. Moses refuses, saying, “I have an older brother, and it is not possible anything good could transpire if I accept this position over my older brother’s honor.”

All of this demands some explanation.

Before Joseph passed away, he made his brothers swear they would take his bones to Israel. The one who took it upon himself to bring Joseph’s tomb to Israel was Moses (generations later).

Moses took more responsibility than the others because he was a descendant of Levi, who was the most involved with his brother, Shimon, in selling Joseph to the Egyptians.

Moses was sent on a mission to cleanse and rectify the sin of his great-grandfather (Levi), which was in him as a descendant, and only then (the books tell us) would he be worthy of bringing down the Ten Commandments from heaven to this world.

Joseph was the youngest in his family when he was torn away and sold to the Egyptians, and so was Moses. Because of the decrees in Egypt, Moses, the youngest, was taken from his family and raised in the palace of Pharaoh until he escaped to Midian.

Although Jacob called his son Joseph, Pharaoh gave Joseph an Arabic name after he ended up in Egypt, which was also true for Moses. The daughter of the Pharaoh gave Moses his Arabic name, which stuck with him.

When his brothers sold him, Joseph spent ten years in jail. It was the Midianites who sold him to Egypt. Therefore, Moses (still rectifying the sin of his ancestor Levi) was placed in jail for ten years when he came to Jethro, the Midianite. “Measure for measure” to clean the prior stains.

Joseph became a ruler in Egypt after coming out of his dungeon. Moses was a ruler for 30 years in a foreign land after being freed from his dungeon in Midian.

Moses’s final act of cleansing was his refusal not to become God’s spokesperson at the expense of his brother’s honor. Only after God assured Moses that Aaron would be okay with this arrangement, after so many years of self-effacement and cleansing, was Moses ready to be God’s representative.

Had the Torah told us all the names of the characters above, it would have sounded like a natural course of events, only related to the characters named. By withholding names, mysticism explains, the Torah alludes to a hidden agenda connected to all those occurrences. It wasn’t just these specific names we were dealing with in the above stories, but all the other past names included in the twists and turns!

We all go through trials and tribulations. When Moshiach comes, we will merit knowledge of the hidden and underlying rhythm and rhyme, that it was all necessary, part of a much more incredible story, and, most importantly, for our good. We will appreciate the plan behind everything and see how the puzzle pieces come together to make a beautiful picture of God’s kindness and compassion. May that day come very soon.

Chapter 251

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. "A Spiritual Soul Book" ( & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" ( In 1987, Rabbi Ezagui opened the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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