When Moses, the faithful shepherd of the Jewish people, encountered the burning bush at the beginning of the Divine revelation of his life’s mission, he said, “Let me turn aside now and see this great sight.”1

The great commentator, Rashi, explains these words to mean, “I will turn from here, to approach there.”

Sometimes to reach a new place, we have to totally turn aside—not be content with our usual assumptions, conjectures and understanding, but put them completely to one side in order to look at and make sense of something new and different.

We can then ask questions to try to understand, as Moses did.

He asked, “Why will the bush not be burned?” We use our intellectual and emotional faculties to grapple with this new place we find ourselves in spiritually, intellectually and physically.

Then, after integrating this new knowledge and experience of the world, our job is to draw down our new Divine understanding, as we fulfill our unique mission in the healing of the world. If we keep our eyes open, we are sometimes given a glimpse, at a much deeper level, of the true Divine reality of this world and our purpose in it.

We all have a spark of the soul of Moses, so this process of revelation relates to each one of us, especially as we approach the Messianic era—the final and complete transformation of darkness to light, when we will experience deeper and deeper revelations of G‑dliness.

Source: Likutei Diburim 138b-139.