Shmini

Silence and words. After the apparent tragedy of the death of his two sons “Aaron was silent.” He couldn’t even cry. “And Moses spoke.” His older brother gave words and structure to the situation, allowing for Aaron’s silence. This is the reverse of Moses’ original encounter with God: overwhelmed by responsibility and shame Moses protested that he couldn’t speak. “Aaron your brother can speak well… he will be your mouth.” Sometimes, we can do no more than share the silence of our friends. Other times, we have to be the ones to give voice to their silence. May we have the strength to hear them and be their words. May we find those to speak for us, when we need.

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[Inspired by: Leviticus 10 and Exodus 4; Shnei Luchot Habrit on Vayakhel; Proverbs 31; Louis Gallait’s Power of Music.]

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