Parashat Va’era, First Aliyah
“And Moshe spoke thusly to the Children of Israel but they did not heed Moshe on account of
exasperation and overexertion.” Work rendered the Hebrews emotionally drained and physically
overtaxed. They had neither patience nor time for Moshe’s assurances. His words fell on deaf ears.
Yes, they believed in the shepherd from Midian’s clarion call for deliverance, but these wearied
workers were essentially oblivious to Moshe’s rousing seminars…”
Page 103 Shemot vol. I, Sinai Rules