Beshalach: Lessons from Horses



Horses are magnificent creatures. Is there anything quite as majestic as a horse carrying a warrior into battle? Is there anything quite as fearsome as cavalry galloping over green plains? Is there anything as thoroughly athletic as thoroughbreds tearing through a derby? Is there anything freer than the bucking bronco, an untamed wild horse fighting for its independence? Is there anything as romantic as a Cinderella carriage drawn by pure white horses?

A rider has mastered the art of horsemanship when he or she becomes one with the horse, so they move in complete synchronicity. The horse intuits what the rider wants; the rider intuits what the horse needs. Together they leap fences, win races and are victorious in war.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, but it is also so much more. Within the mystique of the relationship between a horse and a rider lie the answers to some of life’s most pressing questions and difficult challenges.

In the dance of rider and horse, horse and rider, we may discover how to fulfill our deepest potential.

And in that dance lies the secret of the Splitting of the Sea, when both the Egyptian horse and rider were submerged in the sea’s truthful depths.

A hard-to-believe story of a Belmont Stakes winner brings this sermon across the finish line.


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