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"Hashem said to Moshe, 'Say to Aharon, "Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt - over their rivers, over their canals, over their reservoirs, and over all their gatherings of water, and they shall become blood; there shall be blood throughout the land of Egypt, even in the wooden and stone vessels."'"(Shemos 7:19).

Rashi explains that the reason Hashem commanded Aharon to smite the waters and not Moshe was because Moshe owed appreciation to the river for protecting him and not drowning him when he was placed in a basket into the Nile.

How much do we owe appreciation to our wonderful wives who toil for us around the clock and make it possible for us to exist as we do?

In Barechi Nafshi, Rabbi Zilberstein shlita relates an interesting story.

Rabbi Simcha Zissel Brody zt"l, the Rosh Yeshiva of Chevron was already an old man and it was very hard for him to walk; especially up and down the stairs. A student of his came to pick him up by car and helped him walk down the stairs; very slowly and carefully. After a painful trek, they finally arrived at the sidewalk near the car. Suddenly, the Rosh Yeshiva stopped in his tracks.

"What's the matter?" asked the student.

"I must return to my apartment," the Rosh Yeshiva responded. "I forgot something."

"Can't I go and fetch it for the Rosh Yeshiva?" asked the young man.

"No, no," replied the Torah giant. "I must go myself."

With that, Harav Brody trudged up the stairs again and, out of breath, he entered the kitchen and told his wife lovingly, "When I left the house, I somehow forgot to say goodbye to you; so I returned to say it now!"

With that, he made his way down the stairs again and was driven to the yeshiva.

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