This week as we enter into 2018, we begin the journey into the book of Exodus.
As the story opens we witness a bold act of civil disobedience by the midwives Shifra and Puah who, defying the Pharaoh’s orders, save Hebrew infants from death.
We watch as a shepherd tending his flocks in the desert notices a bush that appears filled with flames. He looks long enough to see that although the bush is burning it isn’t being consumed. And he makes a decision to veer from his intended path and continue to gaze at this amazing sight. In this turning he hears a voice call from within the fire, “Moshe, Moshe.” His response: “Hineni. Here I am.”
· The courage to defy oppressive leaders, immoral demands.
· The willingness to see beyond our habits and expectations and turn aside from our intended paths.
· The discernment to hear ourselves being called forth into our lives.
· The humility and strength to respond, Hineni, Here I am, Willing and able to be of service.
These are foundation stones of our tradition we will raise up during our Shabbat service.