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Shoes

Wednesday, 8 April, 2015 - 10:06 pm

The other day, as the weather turned more spring like, the kids ran out the back door to play. Noticing their bare feet, I told them to come back in and get their shoes.

Shoes are one of those interesting clothing objects; they are there to protect the feet from outside elements. Many people do not wear shoes inside or when they feel that the ground is safe from external influences like rocks, stones and splinters.

When one needs to enter into the mundane world where they can be hurt by outside influences, even if it’s only their feet, they must wear appropriate clothing - in this case shoes, to protect them.

The prophet tells us about the coming of Moshiach – ‘And the Lord shall dry up the tongue of the Egyptian Sea, and He shall lift His hand over the river with the strength of His wind, and He shall beat it into seven streams, and He shall lead [the exiles] with shoes’. (Isaiah 11;15)

The beginning of Passover is focused on the Jews’ redemption from Egypt. The end of Passover, we focus on the future redemption with the coming of Moshiach. At the time of the final redemption, some think we will only go with our heads and the bare necessities we must engage in e.g. food, drink etc. What the prophet is telling us is that we will also leave exile with our shoes. For us to hasten the coming of Moshiach, we need to engage those things that seem to be thorns and rocks holding us back from growth. We need to recognize that when Moshiach comes they will be coming with us and we will repurpose them for G-dliness.

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Looking forward to seeing you,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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