“You are just being stubborn,” my mother would often comment. But, as I grew older, I realized that, sometimes, being stubborn could actually be a good thing. For example, while in a place where there are a lot of temptations, a stubborn mentality will keep a person from getting distracted. Yet, other times being stubborn is a bad thing like in this week’s parsha.
In this week's parsha, Moshe goes to Pharoah and begs for the Jewish people to be freed from Mitzrayim. When Pharoah disagrees, Hashem sends plagues to the land. This only causes Pharaoh to be more stubborn while his land and people were being pillaged by plagues.
Nowadays, we have an opportunity to use the attribute of stubbornness for good. We see that Pharoah used this attribute to enslave the Jewish people while, conversely, we can use it to transform the darkness into light. This will ultimately bring about the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days.
All the best
Avroham Y Ross