This is a parshah of Gd’s names.
There, possibly, is more commentaries on these psukim than words I can say in one day. However, I want to draw your attention to this one:
R. Abba bar Memel: The Holy One said to Moses: Is it my name that you want to know? I am called after My deeds. Sometimes I am called El Shaddai, Tzevaot, Elohim, Adonai. When I judge humanity I am called Elohim. When I make war against the wicked I am called Tzevaot and when I give man a suspended sentence for his sins I am called El Shaddai; and when I have compassion on my world I am called Adonai.
Moshe really had to become very public much against his will, and very personal at the same time. How many of us live with this inner contradiction, albeit on a much smaller scale?
With my amazing Partners-in-Totah teacher I have started to learn the book of
Joshua – יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, and right in the first chapter it says:
|ג כָּל-מָקוֹם, אֲשֶׁר תִּדְרֹךְ כַּף-רַגְלְכֶם בּוֹ–לָכֶם נְתַתִּיו: כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתִּי, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה.||3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, to you have I given it, as I spoke unto Moses.|
How timely are these words today! How much it shows the connection between the generations far gone, and the one we belong to. How clear we are shown that there is no greater ruler in the world, but the One who knows it all. We should not rely on people winning or losing great posts, however smart, they may be. We should not desist from working ourselves to bring a better future to our families, our loved ones, our people. Yet we should clearly see who is in charge.
Tune your ear to hear the small still voice
If you only try very hard, many times
Even you may succeed. So come closer.