Chukat: Of Minstrels and Metaphors



A sermon is majorly enhanced by a good story, anecdote, or parable. Nothing like a solid metaphor or sharp analogy to express an idea which resonates with an audience.

But what about life – is life literal or metaphorical? Is the food we eat only food, or does it represent something more? Is there a hidden message secreted within the surface reality that we experience on a daily basis?

A verse in this week’s Torah reading quotes the poets who speak in parables, the minstrels who deal in metaphors, the soliloquists who trade in symbolic simile.

In Hebrew they are called the moshlim. Who are they?

The Talmud and the Kabbalah call them the “rulers.” What do they rule?

And what do they teach us about ruling life, about finding poetry – metaphorical and literal – in day to day occurrences?

The answers and questions – and this sermon as a whole – are greatly enhanced by a pair of exquisitely crafted parables from the inimitable Maggid of Dubno.

To be taken literally (and metaphorically).


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