A Divine Call for Affirmation

This past week, Jews around the world commenced the reading of the Book of Exodus as part of the annual Torah reading cycle. This past week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shemot, contain important moments between God and Moses that are often glossed over in the popular recounting of Moses’ encounter with God, wherein God tells Moses that he will lead the Children of Israel from slavery to freedom. These important dialogic encounters, and the way in which God responds to Moses are important for all of us to take note of, but are of special import, I believe, for those of us who too often find ourselves on the margins of our sacred communities.

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