- Abraham and Sarah are known for their hospitality, partially because of this episode. How do Abraham and Sarah show empathy for what their visitors may be experiencing?
- Why do you think Abraham went out to greet his visitors, instead of welcoming them from inside his tent?
- What difference do you think it makes to greet visitors where they are -- to see things from their perspective, rather than staying with your own perspective?
The Midrash explains that an angel appeared to Moses and at first, he didn't turn aside from his flock. Only after the burning bush caught his eye did he turn to notice. Once he did, he was met by a metaphor for the Jewish people -- a bush that wouldn't be consumed, like the Israelites wouldn't be consumed by the Egyptians -- and the voice of God.
- What qualities did Moses demonstrate when he turned aside to look at the burning bush, that would make him particularly well suited to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt? That would make him particularly well suited to be a leader?
- Have you ever looked closer at something -- an object, a person, an experience -- and been able to learn something that was previously invisible to you?
- Have you ever experienced feeling noticed and planned for in a communal setting?
- What are ways in our synagogue community that we can cultivate our abilities to notice each other, to turn away from the work at hand and notice the miraculous in others?
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To learn more about Clal's The Belonging Project, see https://www.clal.org/belonging.