Who is closer to the truth – adults or children? Ostensibly it would seem that a mature adult, whose mind and emotions are fully developed, would be able to access the truth more than an undeveloped child. Indeed, for many years, until just recently, secular psychology saw a child as a “dumb” adult-in-the-making. The Puritans even saw children as “born in sin” and as little savages that needed strong measures to keep them in line!
The Torah sees things a bit differently. Actually, quite differently. For in the Torah view a child is the closest possible thing to the truth. The simplicity of the child touches – far more than any adult – the essence of all existence! Indeed, it is the developed mind of the adult that conceals and blocks the experience of pure truth.
In this sermon, we look at the first Torah reading in the Book of Exodus, where Moses is born and where he is first addressed by God at the Burning Bush … as a child.
We also learn from the Baal Shem Tov, how to be a child … and believe.