Let us speak about Tzippora, righteous wife of Moshe Rabeinu. As you recall, Moshe had
to run away from Paroh in Egypt. The Chumash does not relate all the details of his
wanderings (which can be found in the Medrash), but we know that Moshe ended up in Midian.
He was at the well and saw Yisro's, priest of Midian, seven daughters coming to water the
(Moshe did the same thing as the Patriarch Yaakov who found his wife Rochel by the
well. In fact, The call of the Torah, by Rabbi Elie Munk, brings down the Zohar which
compares the two incidents. Moshe achieved the highest degree of spirituality available to
mortal man. He went up to Mt. Sinai for 40 days and nights; he separated from his wife in
order to always be in a ready state of purity in order to receive prophecy from Hashem.
About Moshe the Chumash says: "And he stayed above the well"- well meaning
marriage. The word well is only mentioned once. About Yaakov the word well is mentioned
seven times. Also, it says Yaakov stopped to contemplate the well. He was more involved in
the entire issue, perhaps because he saw as his task the begetting of the 12 tribes, while
Moshe is referred to as a "man of G-d" and ultimately separated from his wife. )
This well was one of the 10 things that Hashem created on Erev Shabbos right before
sunset. It was the same well that Eliezer stopped at and found Rivkah to marry Yitzchak.
The same well as Yaakov stopped at, and the same well that traveled with the Jews in the
desert to provide water for them in the merit of Miriam. The well of water is a symbol of
purity and reminds us of the 4 rivers that go out of Gan Eden and circle the world. All
the women of Israel (not just the matriarchs mentioned in the Chumash)have a connection to
the purity of these waters when they immerse in a kosher mikvah of natural water.
The shepherds were about to drown the girls and Moshe rescued them, unwittingly
rescuing his future wife! Moshe saw in Tzippora modesty and asked her to be his wife. She
explained to him that her father, Yisro, had one criterion for her future husband, that he
be able to unearth a tree in the yard. This "tree" was actually a staff that
Yisro had taken from Paroh, who had taken it from Yosef! It was rooted in the ground and
had swallowed many suitors who had come to marry the wonderful girl Tzippora. Moshe was
happy when he heard that this was Yosef's staff, for he understood that it was waiting for
him. The Medrash explains that Tzippora comes from the root-bird. Just like a bird quickly
works to pick up every last crumb, so too Tzippora ran to clean out all the "crumbs
of idol worship" from Yisro's house and then ran to bring in Moshe as her father
commanded. Moshe, however was not given a chance to marry Tzippora for Yisro feared he had
committed a wrongdoing and put him in a deep pit. The righteous Tzippora convinced her
father that she remain at home to take care of things while her sisters tend the sheep,
and she was able to secretly provide food for Moshe in the pit for 10 years until Yisro
took him out. He was welcomed as a tzaddik and he was able to pull out the stick from the
garden and marry Tzippora.
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