Dear Rabbi,

May God Bless You … & this is my final question. What was Moses doing during those 40 years he was (so-to-speak, on the back side of the mountain) away from his people and Egypt … before he finally emerged and went back to Egypt to confront Pharaoh?

Answer:

During these forty years there not much is recorded of what Moses did, and all we know is that he shepherded the flock of his father-in-law.

The Sages write that tending to the sheep was a preparation for leading the nation of Israel in later times: Somebody who is able to care for sheep, and learns to tend to all their needs, will also be able be a worthy leader of the nation.

Best wishes, and please ask whatever questions you wish!

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