Moses’ Kid Was Jewish, But Your Kid Might Not Be!?! Keep Reading…..

Last Shabbat, at our Friday night service, we had a very interesting discussion about the fact that Moses married outside of the tribe of Israel. His wife, Tziporrah, was part of the Midianite tribe that lived in the northern Arabian Peninsula. The Midianites had their own religious beliefs, rituals, and gods. Tzipporah, as far as we know, never adopted the religion of the Israelites. Given this, Moses, one of our greatest leaders, was involved in an inter-faith marriage. One of the things that I find so interesting about Tziporrah is that for a member of another tribe, she quietly plays a very important role in the Torah. We learn very early on in Exodus that Tziporrah has the where-with-all to save her husband’s life. Moses, rushing with his family to return to Egypt and lead his people to freedom, overlooks the fact that his son, whom Tzipporah had just given…