The Burning Bush
Moshe stood in front of the mountain and noticed a sneh – a thornbush on fire. But when he looked more closely, he saw something strange. The bush was burning but not burned up by the flames!
Moshe came very close to the burning bush, and suddenly heard the voice of HaShem calling to him:
“Here I am!” he replied.
“Do not come closer,” said the voice. “Take off your shoes, for this is holy ground. I am HaShem, the G-d of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov.”
Moshe covered his face. He was so very frightened to gaze at the presence of the One and Only Creator of the world!
HaShem continued, “I have witnessed the terrible suffering of My people in Egypt. Their cries of pain have pierced the Heavens and now I have come down to save them from slavery and bring them up to a land flowing with milk and honey.” Moshe listened carefully to every single holy word coming from HaShem.
“Go to Paraoh,” HaShem continued. “Say to him, ‘Let my people go!’ You, Moshe, will lead Bnei Yisrael out of Egypt!”
“Who, me? A simple shepherd?!” answered Moshe meekly. “To the mighty Paraoh?!”
“You will survive the anger of Paraoh, just as this thornbush is not consumed by fire,” replied HaShem. “I will be with you, Moshe, and indeed, you will be the one to lead Bnei Yisrael out of Egypt.”
“And the people? Are they truly worthy of being redeemed?” asked Moshe.
“Absolutely,” answered HaShem. “Bnei Yisrael are indeed worthy of freedom, for one day they will accept the Torah on this very mountain!”