Shabbat Times / Torah Parasha

The latest Motivation Boom and Moshe Rabbeinu


Photo: Miriam Woelke


Have you noticed that the “motivation industry” has been booming lately? Until a couple of months ago, all those fitness Youtuber and self-publishing authors were dominating the market. If you wanted to earn easy and fast money, the fitness online industry was THE place for you.
However, the market now seems to have shifted from fitness to motivation. In our times, everyone wants to be successful in life and accomplish something. Making a career in order to be financially independent. Who wants to be left behind when there are so many possibilities? So, if you want to earn easy and fast money now, offer motivation courses.
What I have also noticed is that it is especially young people (from 18-28 years old) going for those online courses. They buy anything and their seems to be a huge demand. Young people are finishing college and don’t really know what to do in life. Study and if so, what subject? And then there are those people who are fed up with going to the university and are looking for alternatives. Many dream about earning their income online, become a digital nomad or just travel. Thus, all those online coaches found a booming market and step in although most of them are not really skilled. 🙂
What does MOTIVATION have to do with this week’s Torah portion (Parasha) VA’ERA?
Every time when I read about Moshe, the burning bush and the entire event with Pharaoh and the Exodus, I find myself reminded of the best motivation in the world. Moshe was stuttering, his parents couldn’t keep him and thus he grew up in the house of Pharaoh. He had to escape in order to safe his life, he ended up living with Yitro and marrying his daughter Zipporah. Then suddenly G-d spoke to him out of a burning bush and told him to return to Egypt, go to Pharaoh and ask him to let the Jews go. 
Moshe was shocked and couldn’t believe that G-d was approaching him. A stuttering guy living far away from home. What was he able to accomplish? He couldn’t just go to Pharaoh making demands. Nobody would let him even speak to the Egyptian ruler.
The old Pharaoh he knew was dead and the new one didn’t know him. Couldn’t G-d just appoint anyone else? A powerful Jew full of self-esteem who was able to speak in a normal manner? Why him (Moshe)? Why could G-d not ask the older brother Aharon? In those days is was customary that younger siblings showed respect to the oldest. So, would Aharon not be upset because G-d is approaching Moshe and not him, the older one? 
Moshe was hesitating for a long time and G-d got angry. G-d wanted Moshe to carry out the task because He knew that he can do it.
This incident shows that each of us is able to accomplish something in life. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a career because “accomplishing” can mean anything and not only wealth. G-d is not always choosing the strong powerful people but ordinary people like you and me.
The case of Moshe Rabbeinu shows that one doesn’t need to be perfect in order to succeed in life. Everybody has a chance. This is why there is no need for a motivation coach. Just look at Moshe and our forefathers. They were ordinary people leading an ordinary lifestyle. They succeeded but also made mistakes. From mistakes we usually learn and this enables us to reach higher levels. Of course there are times when we fail and want to give up. On the other hand it is always important to realize your own strength.
Motivation coaches or courses are sometimes useless because they don’t take the circumstances a person is living in, into consideration. Not everyone is the same. Some people are suddenly confronted with illnesses or financial loss. And every person needs a different kind of motivation.
I would suggest that you try learning from people who are successful. And when we read about Moshe, think about what he was able to accomplish. Okay, he got a little help from G-d but maybe we get it too. 🙂


Parashat Va’era
Exodus (Sefer Shemot) 6:2-9:35
In Jerusalem, Shabbat starts at 4.16 pm tomorrow afternoon. Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 5.32 pm.

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