Friday, July 12, 2013

It's not Easy Being the Leader

If you never believed practice makes perfect, would you believe a 120 year old stuttering man would deliver the longest and greatest soliloquy in history?

Orators of days past would love to have the ability to sway a group in such a way.

But who would have guessed he had it in him? Who am I talking about? Moshe.
Chapter 1
1These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on that side of the Jordan in the desert, in the plain opposite the Red Sea, between Paran and Tofel and Lavan and Hazeroth and Di Zahav. א. אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר משֶׁה אֶל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּעֵבֶר הַיַּרְדֵּן בַּמִּדְבָּר בָּעֲרָבָה מוֹל סוּף בֵּין פָּארָן וּבֵין תֹּפֶל וְלָבָן וַחֲצֵרֹת וְדִי זָהָב:
This week's parsha starts the farewell speech of Moshe. It will continue on until the end of the Book of Devarim. Lot of words for a man that suggests he has issues speaking. And yet he perseveres up until his death.

You can overcome your fate. Look at his story:

  1. Should have drowned as a baby
  2. Saved by a Princess
  3. Does not know his family for nearly 80 years
  4. Raised in the palace
  5. Commits a murder
  6. Hunted down by the palace
  7. Escapes the police to live in exile
  8. Gets Married
  9. Sees a Flaming Bush that does not burn
  10. Speaks to God and God speaks back to him and he lived
  11. Told to go save the slaves in the country he fled
  12. Finds out at 80 years old, he has a brother who will help him on this journey
  13. Puts his trust in God and goes back to the country where he is wanted for murder
  14. Demands from the ruler to let an estimated 2million slaves leave
  15. Brings 10 plagues on the country and it's people
  16. Leaves with the slaves and most of the metals, food, precious gems and other items of value
  17. Crosses a river that miraculously splits for him
  18. Receives the 10 commandments...twice
  19. Watches a golden calf get created and destroyed
  20. Wanders around int he desert for 40 years because after 2 years they can not put their trust in him or God
  21. And through the next 38 years he puts up with nagging, arguments, civil unrest and demands for food and water
  22. Battles numerous giants, nations, people and wins all the ones he took part in
  23. Survives a curse by a necromancer
  24. Lastly, because he hits a rock instead of speaking to it, gets to die on a mountain top vista overlooking the one goal he had for 40 years

You think you work hard? He had no life balance he was 100% a 24x7 leader...for 40 years.

You may not have all the "luck" Moshe had, but you may live and work long into your later years and you may find there is a better goal in mind in the end than what you started with back when you were young.

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Parsha Devarim in the book of Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
It is said that the Torah or Bible could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom