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crowd, to act differently than those
around us.
Moses' refusal to merely follow
the crowd led the way to his being
recognized by God as a potential
leader and the greatest story our tra-
dition ever told: redemption from
n 1982, during my first year
Egypt.
as a rabbi, Time magazine
But, one more aspect of the story
broke with its usual year-end
must
be noted. While Moses might
tradition. It did not name a
have
become
an eesh, he remained
"Person of the Year." Rather, the
always
array,
humble.
In fact, in one
magazine named a "Machine of the
place in the Torah, the words are
Year" — the personal computer,
used together: "v'haeesh
which was beginning
innino- to
Moshe anav," the eesh
change the way we lived.
Moses
was humble.
I recall that parshat
It
is
difficult to take a
(Torah portion) Shemot, the
stand
that
separates us
first section of Exodus, was
from others. But, it is clear
being read on the Shabbat
that those who do this
following Time's announce-
must
also retain humility
ment; and I could not resist
or
they,
not their actions,
makino- b a connection with
become
the
focus.
the words of the parshah.
In
1982,
Time looked
Twenty-one years later,
RABBI ROBERT this way and that and saw
while we might all be accus-
DOBRUSIN
no one that was deserving
tomed or resigned to the
Special
to
the
of
recognition as different
reality of computers con-
Jewish
News
from
any others so they
trolling many aspects of our
turned
to a machine to
lives, the connection still
honor
that
year. It is obvi-
holds.
ous that more and more of our lives
In one of the first stories told
are turned over to forces of technol-
about Moses, he witnesses an
ogy. But, we don't have to throw
Egyptian beating a Hebrew. The
away our computers to be a human
Torah says: "Vayifen koh v'cho vayaar
being. We just need to retain our
ki ayn eesh," he looked this way and
humanity
and use our energy to
that and saw that there was no eesh,
help perfect the world.
no man, and struck the Egyptian
It is so fitting that we observe
and hid him in the sand.
Martin
Luther King Day around the
The commentators wonder what
time
each
year that we read the
the real meaning of the phrase: "He
beginning
of the Book of Exodus.
saw that there was no man." Some
The
world
is always in need of men
say that Moses wanted to make sure
and women like Dr. King, alav
that he did not strike him in the
hashalom, who stand up for what
presence of witnesses. But, others
they
believe with a vision of peace,
say that Moses looked around to see
justice
and mutual respect for all.
if anyone was going to be an eesh, a
Whether
it is Dr. King or Moses or
human being, and stop this beating.
anyone
else,
it is their words and
When he saw that no one else would
ideals
that
must
live on.
do it, Moses did not walk the other
Let
us
teach
our
children, as we
way, did not leave it for the next
read
of
Moses'
courageous
deeds,
person, did not wait for someone to
that
the
world
is
waiting
and
look-
help him, but took on the responsi-
ing
for
them
to
find
their
own
way
bility himself.
to
being
an
eesh
or
an
eeshah
in
the
In Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our
true
sense
of
the
word.
Fathers), we read that Hillel says: "in

Shabbat Shemot:
Exodus I : 1-6: I ; Isaiah
27:6-28:13, 29:22-23.

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the place where there are no human
beings, try to be a human being."
This seems like a simple task, but it
is so difficult in fact to break the
mold, to break away from the

Robert Dobrusin is rabbi of Beth
Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor: His
e-mail address is
rdobrusin@bethisrael-aa.org

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