The Sun, the Son, and Little Moshe Rabbeinu
At a Bris Milah we all wish the baby, “this little one (Katan) will become big (Gadol).”
Do you know where else we used the same two words?
Back in Parshas Bereishis, on the 4th Day of Creation, HaShem referred to the sun as the big light and the moon as the little light. In fact, the sun is around 400 times bigger than the moon! However, since the sun is 400 times farther away from us than the moon, they both look like the same size.
There is another huge difference between the sun and the moon:
The sun is a giant ball of light-giving fire and the little moon simply reflects the light of the sun.
Now back to the Bris Milah:
When a baby is born, he is like the moon, a small light. He has nothing of his own to offer – he is simply a reflection of his parents who feed and clothe him and send him to school. In school he is a reflection of his teachers. Now, at the baby’s Bris, our blessing to him is that he, the Katan, should grow to be like the Gadol, the big sun. Not only a reflection but a great source of light, spreading Torah, doing Mitzvos and acts of kindness and goodness.
Now, let’s take a trip to the beginning of Sefer Shemos:
Do you remember when Moshe was born? Rashi tells us that the entire house was filled with plenty of light. Perhaps that’s because from the moment he was born he was already like the big sun – a source of light and hope to all, that the process of the redemption out of Egypt has begun!