This week's parsha
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Freeing the Trapped Sparks
We were city kids who spent 99% of our lives in the Jewish neighborhoods of Melbourne. On the infrequent occasions in my childhood when we were schlepped out bush to go hiking with school or camp, you could almost guarantee what would happen at the rest break.
We’d be sitting around on some lonely trail, admiring the scenery or collecting wood, when a teacher or counselor would come running up, all excited.
Get Out of Class
You know so much.
That there is G-d, and that life has meaning and a purpose.
Or that Abraham was thrown into a furnace for standing up for his beliefs, and that G-d gave his descendants the Torah at Sinai.
Or you know how to read the aleph bet.
Or you know a trick or two about marriage.
If you'd take a moment to consider, you'd surely come to the conclusion that you know so much, that you've accumulated much knowledge and experience.
In his enumeration of the various leadership roles within the nation that would take shape after his death, Moses mentions not only the priest/judge and king but also the prophet:
“The Lord your G‑d will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.”
Moses would not be the last of the prophets. He would have successors. Historically this was so. From the days of Samuel to the Second Temple period, each generation gave rise to men -- and sometimes women -- who spoke G‑d’s word with immense courage, unafraid to censure kings, criticize priests, or rebuke an entire generation for its lack of faith and moral integrity.