Q: Rashi writes (Shemot 2:3) that Moses’ parents were able to conceal him for 3 months after his birth because he was born at the beginning of the 7th month of pregnancy, and the Egyptians only came to check for him after a full 9 months had passed. What is the significance of the fact that Moses was born prematurely, and why was he specifically born at that time?
A: The Chatam Sofer (Drashot, 7 Adar 2 5575) writes that the majority of righteous souls are born prematurely due to a tremendous desire to rush into this world to begin serving G-d by learning Torah and doing mitzvot! In fact, the Seder Olam Rabbah, (Chapter 2) writes that the 12 tribes were all born during the 7th month of pregnancy and now we can understand why. Additionally, the Rosh and Rabbeinu Bechaye note that Moses was born on 7 Adar. After concealing him for 3 months, his mother placed him in a basket on the bank of the river. A quick mathematical calculation reveals that the day she did so – 3 months after his birth – was 6 Sivan, the day we know as the holiday of Shavuot, on which he and the Jewish people would later receive the Torah at Mount Sinai!
By: Rabbi Ozer Alport