The future looked bleak for Bnei Yisrael in Egypt.
Amram, Yocheved’s husband and leader of the Jewish people at that time, took drastic action. After much serious thought, he decided to no longer have children. “Why should I bring more souls into a world of evil?” he reasoned. “I find it hard to believe that these tender children will be able to survive the decrees of the wicked Paraoh. I am sorry to say that it is time for me to divorce my wife, my dear Yocheved.”
With tears in his eyes Amram divorced his wife.
Soon after, little Miriam received a prophecy from HaShem – a prophecy which kept hope alive for her people, “Miriam, your parents are destined to give birth to a very special child. He will become the redeemer of Bnei Yisrael.”
Miriam quickly ran to her father. “Father, your decree is worse than Paraoh’s!” she exclaimed.
“Miriam, what decree are you talking about?” asked Amram with astonishment.
“You are the leader of our people,” answered Miriam. “Now that you have divorced Mother, other Jews will follow your example. Indeed, many of them have already divorced their wives. It’s a terrible decree – worse than Paraoh’s!”
“What?!” asked Amram.
“It is true, Father. Paraoh is only acting against the boys, but your decree will also mean the end of the girls! And without females there is no future for our people. For the sake of the Jewish people, you must remarry at once!”
“But my dear Miriam…” Amram excused himself.
“Listen to me father,” continued Miriam. “HaShem will grant you the child who will lead our people to freedom and march with us… Out of Egypt!”
Amram humbly accepted Miriam’s prophetic words and he remarried Yocheved. The grand wedding was performed for all to see in a spirit of great celebration. Quickly, the rest of Bnei Yisrael who divorced their wives, also followed Amram’s example and remarried their wives.