Moses and the Burning Bush Essay

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Two men are walking to temple. The older man says to the younger man, “So, do you know why the Jewish people aren’t voting for President Bush?” The younger man replies with an inquisitive “No.” “Well,” says the older man, “the last time the Jewish people followed a Bush they wound up wandering in the Desert.”
     This recent political joke is in reference to the Exodus story of Moses and the burning bush. As stated in the bible it reads:
     “Moses was tending the flock of Jethro, his father in law, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Horev, the mountain of Elohim. The angel of YHVH appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush. He gazed: the
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In the mountains of the central Sinai range, he saw the vision of the burning bush that ordered him, by God, to return to Egypt and deliver his people from the harsh life of slavery instilled by the Pharaoh.
     The Zohar, supposedly written by the Spanish Jewish Mystic Moses de Leon, presents some interesting additions to the excerpt from Exodus chapter 3. Several hundred years ago, de Leon passed around booklets of teachings and tales never heard or seen before by others of his community. De Leon claimed to others that he had only copied the information from an ancient book of wisdom written by a well known teacher of the second century who lived in Israel, Rabbi Shim’on son of Yohai. According to de Leon, after Rabbi Shim’on’s death the book became a secret and was handed down to only a select few, including himself , and felt that he was to share the age old secrets by copying portions from the original book and selling them. When a young man named Isaac son of Samuel heard of the secret midrash teachings of Rabbi Shim’on he began a search for de Leon. After finding deLeon in Valladolid, Spain, Isaac agreed to meet with de Leon in Avila to view the secret manuscript. However during his journey to Avila, Moses de Leon fell ill and died. When Isaac heard of de Leon’s death, he went to Avila to find

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