Triple Crown Won By American Pharoah
American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes, thereby winning the triple crown of horse-racing.
When thinking of "Pharaoh" and "crown", coming to mind is the very famous Midrash that talks about a young (3-year-old) Moshe Rabbeinu taking Par'o's crown from him - just as he will do when he was older - at which point, Par'o's magicians argued about how to kill Moshe. Baruch Hashem, Yitro saved the day by saying that Moshe had no knowledge of what he was doing, and advised testing him by putting gold and coals before him: if he would grab for the gold, they would kill him and if he would go for the coals, it would prove he has no knowledge of what he was doing. Moshe started going for the gold, but the angel Gavriel pushed his hand toward the coal, and his life was spared.
The Midrash, when describing how Moshe who grew up in Par'o's home will be responsible for his demise, provides 3 examples of this:
- The daughter of Par'o raised Moshe Rabbeinu, and he was responsible for his downfall.
- Hiram, king of Tyre, was killed by someone who came from his household, as it says "have I brought forth a fire from the midst of thee". A Midrash says that Hiram was Nevuchadnetzar's stepfather, and Nevuchadnetzar was the one who killed him.
- Mashiah, who lives in the lands of Edom, will eventually be the one to punish the Edomites.
American Pharoah is owned by Ahmed Zayat, who is an observant Jew whose Hebrew name is Ephraim (sometimes used in Midrashim as a nickname of Mashiah). The day before the race, the jockey went to the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Ohel to pray.
Perhaps, the fact that a Jewishly-connected horse won the triple crown with American Pharoah is showing us how the 3rd "inside job" mentioned in the Midrash having to do with Par'o's crown, having to do with Mashiah destroying Edom is coming to fruition.
Just a thought...