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Posted on February 29, 2016

On Wednesday, February 24th, Kitah Daledwrestled with the question, “Does God know what I am thinking or what I will do?”  Three rabbis presented their ideas about this question.  One rabbi told a midrash about what Moses heard at the burning bush.  According to the midrash, the voice that Moses heard emanating from the bush was his own.  God speaks to us in our own voice.  Another rabbi told the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This rabbi suggested that when people ate from the tree of knowledge, they learned that they have free will.  They can choose to listen to God or not.  And while God knows where we are and what we are doing, God gave us the gift to think for ourselves.  A third rabbi suggested that often when one is making a decision, there are good and bad forces at play in our minds and hearts.  As my grandmother of blessed memory would say, “God is good and the good in us is God.”

For the next few weeks we will focus on the holiday of Purim and on Megillat Esther.  It is indeed ironic that God is not mentioned in the Megillah.