In ghettos all over Europe during WWII young Jewish couples were still being secretly married. In the midst of concentration camps Jewish children were still being born. In the hardest moments of our history couples still got married and mothers still delivered babies in the most difficult scenarios. In this Torah portion we are told that “A man of the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi.” (Ex. 2:1) During harsh times when our people were slaves in Egypt couples still found time to love and to dream of a life together. And not only that, even after Pharaoh decreed that all Hebrew boys should be thrown to the river the couple decided to bring a new life into the world, “The woman conceived and bore a son…” (Ibid, 2:2). This anonymous couple from the tribe of Levi in the hardest moment of our short history as a people, up to that moment, despite all odds, decide to bet on life. They get married and conceive a child. Fear did not stop them. As millions of Jews will do throughout history they believed in the future and they bet on a better future and for that reason they bet on life. They knew it wouldn’t be easy, neither for them nor for their children, but they knew that somehow and sometime things would be different and they wanted someone to be there in order to see the sun finally shining after years of darkness. And their son, as in the case of Moses, may not only be able to see the sun rising on the horizon but
will be the one who brings new light into the world and to his people. Despite all odds, bet on life. Is not easy but is worthwhile.