Miriam hid on the riverbank and was secretly keeping an eye on her baby brother.
Along came Princess Basya, Paraoh’s daughter, with her maids. Basya went toward the water to bathe. Actually, she was very interested in the Jewish faith and was totally disgusted with the idol worship in her father’s palace. By bathing in the river, she felt that she would cleanse herself spiritually, just like a mikvah (a ritual bath) purifies those who convert to Judaism.
“Hey! What is that, floating there?” Basya said to her maids. She reached for the basket… and miraculously, her arm stretched long enough for her to pull the basket onto the riverbank.
“What could be in this basket?” she thought.
“Oh, look! A beautiful baby boy. He is glowing with an extraordinary light of holiness! This must be a Jewish baby.”