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Patience, plodding, perseverance

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05.08.2021

We know that the devil is often in the detail, but sometimes so is the divine. It was one small detail, one word, that caught my eye in last week’s Torah reading . Moses is recalling his 40-day stint on Mount Sinai when he received the 10 Commandments and Torah:

“I remained on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights; I ate no bread and drink no water” (Deuteronomy 9:9).

The Hebrew word being used here literally means ‘’I sat “, but as Rashi the key commentator highlights this was no ordinary sitting. This was not the sitting of relaxation; this was a sitting of righteous resilience. In other words, Moses was not a passive recipient of God’s words but a passionate and active listener, fully engaged in the experience. It was no short encounter, no quick sprint, but a gruelling, demanding engagement, a long distance (albeit stationery) “race” or journey. Moses neither ate nor drank but remained stoic, patient, persistent and enduring .All these qualities are encapsulated in that one simple Hebrew word -Vaeshev; I sat; I remained; I was there.

This little word caught my eye, tore at my heart and challenged my brain because it so accurately reflects our contemporary condition. If there is one quality that we so need during these uncertain........

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