by Laurel Fisher
The bush is aflame, I hear the call
Like Moses, I hesitate
But through the journey, I find my voice
Yes, I am a leader
As this week’s Torah portion opens, I am struck by the power of words to develop and define a leader. Before we dive into D’varim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), let’s first reflect back on Moses’ early conversations with God.
While out tending his flock in Midian, Moses comes across a bush burning unconsumed and he is given the instructions to return to Egypt and confront Pharaoh. Like many of us, Moses questions his ability to lead, partially out of modesty and partially out of fear of how he will be received and whether he will be successful. He has many concerns, most of which center around the ability to communicate: Why me? What should I say? What if they don’t listen to me? Moses’ final objection is voiced in Exodus 4:10: “Please, O Lord, I have never been a man of words, either in times past or now… I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Read more…