1. Upon exiting Egypt, Moshe takes personal interest in carrying Yosef's bones, as per the promise made to Yosef prior to his death many hundreds of years earlier. Is the personal care taken by Moshe a sign of good leadership or poor leadership? At a critical moment in the history of the Jews, should Moshe have involved himself with such an apparently trivial matter? Are great leaders those who focus their energies on the needs of the group or on the needs of the individuals within the group?

  2. With the parting of the Red Sea there is an outburst of song. Immediately afterward, the Israelies arrive at Elim, where they find an oasis with abundant water and date trees. Yet at Elim there is no song, expression of wonderment, or even a sense of thanks. What is it that sparks people to acknowledge only the extraordinary gifts bestowed upon us but not the ordinary? Is it possible to train oneself to become appreciative of the small things which are done for us regularly?

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