Two Minutes of Torah | Va-eira | Exodus 6:2–9:35

We know the story, or at least, we know the major detail: God speaks to Moses from a Burning Bush. (Yes, I think this particular bush deserves proper-noun status.) It’s one of our people’s most infamous stories of encounter with the Divine: Moses, on the run, hiding out in the desert, playing the role of shepherd, hiding not only from Pharaoh, but, perhaps from the entire world – from his life, from his story, from his purpose. It takes this abnormal “Act of God,” (pardon the expression) to get his attention, to re-direct his focus and set him on the path that would redeem his entire people.

We don’t often get the benefit of divine encounter in such an obvious form; but we, too, are called to action by a tradition and a God that requires us to be engaged, aware, and vigilant. Where are the Burning Bushes in your life?What calls to you from the wilderness of human experience, demanding your action and attention? We are a people of action, a people of deeds, inheritors of this divine connection, and our tradition challenges us to use all of our senses to find opportunities to repair the world.

Rabbi Callie B. Schulman

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