Insights on Exodus and the Torah Portion of Bo
Step One: Belt your Hips
Step Two: Put your Shoes on your Feet
However – and it’s a big but – the essence of serving G-d must be with joy and not agitation. Prior to our actual service, we need the “sourness.” When you’re first standing up to serve G-d, let’s say to pray, you need to prepare yourself for the conversation. You haven’t yet softened the animal skin. You’re in a state of consciousness comparative to the Jews prior to leaving Egypt sitting at the seder table and wearing shoes. You have yet to escape and so a measure of critical assessment and honest appraisal is in order. The “but” is that the shoes be on the feet. Once on, they’re nullified to the wearer. That boils down to, “Take a moment for bitterness. Be a spiritual tanner and soften your leather with something caustic. But never forget that the process of wearing down your coarseness, and any sadness that entails, is subordinate to the service of joy. The bitter phase must be nullified to the essential aspect of serving G-d with joy.
Step Three: Hold on to your Staff: