Torah Retold: Which Voice Shall I Heed?

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venturing beyond the wilderness
he came to the mountain and
saw the sounds bursting from the flames
a blazing fire that burned insatiably
but was not consumed
voices calling to him over and
over again until he finally
opened his eyes and cried out
hineini here i am

one voice said i am the god of history
another said i am the one that is ever yet to be
another said i will keep you safe another said
i will teach you how to fear

another said i cannot bear the pain
of so many oppressed
will you free me from this suffering
another said go to them and tell them
they are mine all mine

another said won’t you bring
my message of liberation to all
who are oppressed another said
you will never be free until you destroy
the people of the land i am giving you
as your inheritance

he asked which voice shall i heed and
which voice shall i say has sent me
but now there was only silence
as the fire lept higher and higher
a myriad of sparks twisting endlessly
in the dark night

(Parashat Shemot, Exodus 3:1-13)

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2 Comments on “Torah Retold: Which Voice Shall I Heed?”

  1. gwpj says:

    It seems, for the first time, I understand these verses from Exodus.

  2. Doug Gertner says:

    Rabbi Rosen, thank you, this interpretation of the recent parsha speaks truth as it reveals a deep and enduring message that few detect and even fewer heed. So grateful for your keen eye and eloquence. Many good wishes for the secular year head. Your friend in gratitude, Doug


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