Precipitating the unbearable suffering and inhumane slavery the Jews endured in Egypt was a spiritual oppression, described by our sages as a state in which the eyes and hearts of the Jewish people were closed. The instant gratification rampant in Egypt somewhat blurred their vision from noticing each other's plight and calloused their hearts from feeling each other's pain.

As a young adult, Moshe broke this pattern when he emerged from the palace of Pharoh to ‘see’ his brothers' suffering. He put his royal dealings aside and took notice of his brothers' suffering and grieved with them. The exile began when our eyes and hearts were closed. The process of salvation began when one man put his own business aside to hold the downtrodden in his heart.

The Midrash teaches us that at that moment God said, "Just as Moshe put aside his royal business to grieve and care for his brethren, I will also put My business aside and come down to bring My children out of slavery and into ultimate freedom."

In our lives, there are countless opportunities to put our dealings aside and take notice of those around us - to relate to ourselves and our loved ones in ways that foster a felt sense of being seen and held.

If we take advantage of these opportunities, we may merit to lead a life of inner strength, connection, and service.