In this week’s Torah portion, G‑d sends Moses to Pharaoh to tell him of the upcoming plague of wild beasts, and that the plague will not be in Goshen, where the Jews lived. Then G‑d says: “I will place a distinction between My people and your people.”

The word G‑d uses for “distinction” here is f’dus, which actually means “redemption.”

What message is G‑d sending us?

As Jews, we are gifted with a strong sense of justice; the idea of inequality bothers us to no end. We can mistakenly think that all people are the same. People are people.

However, G‑d knows differently. He chose the Jewish people and distinguished us from among all other nations. He wants us to be distinct, in the way we act, in the way we dress, in the way we speak, etc. G‑d wants us to be a “light onto the nations,” and when we are, we lift the world to a higher moral level, which brings redemption.

In Egypt, the Jewish people distinguished themselves in three ways: language, dress and names. Everywhere a Jew went, Egyptians knew that there walks a Jew. The way we acted made a difference, impacting our surroundings.

Since we distinguished ourselves for G‑d, He separated us for redemption from Egypt.

As the Rebbe’s emissary in Temecula, Calif., I found that people were always happy and respected that I was observant. I also found that they were very let down when a Jewish person did something wrong.

We are special, and the world knows it. We need to embrace it and distinguish ourselves for G‑d. We need to be living examples to each other and a light onto the nations. If we do, we will once again merit G‑d’s redemption, the coming of Moshiach. May it happen soon!