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Moses Confronts the Inner Human Struggle (The Burning Bush and the Tanya)

Moses Confronts the Inner Human Struggle (The Burning Bush and the Tanya)

Jacobson, Rabbi YY
January 13, 2023

“Don’t approach here. Remove your shoes from your feet,

for the place upon which you stand is holy soil.”

( Shemot 3:5 )


“Moses wants to approach the fire. We all want to transcend our conditions and become Divine. So G-d says, no! You must realize that holiness is where you stand today! You may have lots of earth and gravel—but that itself is holy. You were given the mission to light a candle of truth and hope in a space of darkness and hopelessness. Your inner darkness is waiting to be transformed.


To be a Jew means to know that just as…a line that continually approaches a given curve but does not meet it at any finite distance, we may feel that we never reach the full truth. Yet, wherever you are in life, you can become a conduit for the infinite and bring heaven down to earth.


Never doubt the potency and authenticity of your inner holiness and Divinity, just because there are ugly thoughts still lingering in your brain. Never allow your external animal self to dictate and take control of the narrative of your life. The toxic voices are here to help you crystallize who you really are; each of them coming to make you grow and become the human being you are capable of becoming.


[One must remember that while he]…is not the individual who always wins …he is also not the human being who is defeated. He is the individual who fights daily to uncover the truth of his own infinite depth; the clamor of his efforts is exquisite music to the Divine ear.”