Translation by Yehoshua Siskin
The following thought on this week's Torah portion comes from Rabbi Aharon Darmon of Jerusalem:
"The first verse of this week's Torah portion contains a powerful approach to facing formidable challenges in our lives: 'The Lord said to Moses: Come to Pharaoh.'
Many of us may feel that there is something that blocks our way in life, some kind of 'Pharaoh' that enslaves and stymies us. But instead of confronting this Pharaoh, we escape and occupy ourselves with other things and thus postpone our personal Exodus from Egypt.
The parasha is clearly telling us this: come to Pharaoh. Go directly to your adversary, do not avoid your problem. Don't run away, don't look for distractions, cope directly with whatever distresses you. This is relevant both to single and married people, regardless of the issue, it's easier for us to run away from problems in our lives and do something else. There is always something to look at on WhatsApp, there are always dishes in the sink, it's always possible to stay several hours later at work. The parasha is telling us: come to Pharaoh, look your adversary in the eye, take responsibility. Only in this way can you begin your personal Exodus from Egypt."