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Be More

Thursday, 5 February, 2015 - 8:00 am

Yisro tells Moses I am coming to you.  Moses bows upon meeting Yisro and they greet one another before entering the tent.  First they say hi and have some small talk and only then do they “enter the tent”.

Yisro is known as Kohen Midyan, lit; a priest in the country of Midyan. Midyan also means conflict and friction. Yisro was an expert at creating conflict; he believed that the spiritual practice of the day, the fad that he was then hooked on, was the only way.

The Torah tells us that when Yisro came to Moses, the first thing they did was greet one another. Yisro displayed that he had given up on his past ways of idol worship. He had given up serving multiple Gods and he understood that doing so only creates sectarian fighting and conflict. He showed that when we are open to others and not stuck in our own mindset, only then is unity possible. Yisro was a seeker.  Upon exploring every religion and every spiritual practice, Yisro concluded “Now I know that the Lord is greater than all the deities”.

As people, I think we all continuously search; we try this path to spirituality, another path toward a connection with G-d as we understand G-d to be.  Finally we arrive at a conclusion and become an expert that “this is the way” or “this way is not the way”. Furthermore, we tell ourselves “I am not spiritual so I can’t …” or “I am not religious so I won’t …”. Yisro teaches us that even if we are “experts”, we can change. We can have a meaningful relationship with Hashem by recognizing that Hashem made clear the way He wants to be connected to - through Torah and Mitzvot.

If only we realized that we can be something beyond who we are today, if we are merely willing to change and grow and that Hashem is greater than all the other “deities” we serve.

Have a good Shabbos,

 

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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