Posted by: mosesfromsinai | December 15, 2013

Shemos – Names

This week’s Torah Reading begins the 2nd book with the Reading of Shemos – Names. This 2nd book is referred to as Exodus. (Yep the eventual Exodus from Egypt).

In the Torah Reading we are told how Moshe gets the job to take the Jewish Nation out. He had to flee Egypt, as a wanted man. He met up with his future father-in-law Yisro and married his daughter. There he became a shepherd for his father-in-law. The natural training ground for a future Jewish leader. (You get use to dealing with a bunch of animals – oops).

On one of his days out with the flock Moshe encounters a burning bush that does not get burned up. Hello Hollywood special affects. Throw in a cell phone with the speaker turned on and you have a voice calling Moshe Moshe from the burning bush. (Got to love those special affects). Moshe takes of his shoes as instructed. (He was on a very holy site – actually Mt. Sinai where the Torah would later be given).

Moshe spends about a week arguing with the Al-mighty about the job offer. He feels his older brother Aaron is a better choice. (Moshe remembered that he had to flee Egypt because he got involved with two Jews fighting – he could just imagine what it would be like dealing with an entire Nation. So in his mind he said forget it and find someone else). The Al-mighty told Moshe that he was the best man for the job and his older brother had already agreed. The Al-mighty commits to helping out and Moshe finally accepts.

We need to know that when we are put in a position of challenge and importance on behalf of the Jewish Nation, the Al-mighty is committed to help and we will succeed.

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