On Anxiety and Reassurance
Even before he became Moshe Rabbeinu, our great teacher and leader, Moshe had a very impressive resume. Yet, it was difficult for Moshe himself to see. He doesn’t think of himself as a hero; he thinks of himself as inarticulate and unconvincing, as much more likely to fail than to succeed. Moshe can’t summon the confidence to accept this mantle of leadership and God doesn’t tell him why he has been chosen, why he is the man for the job. Why doesn’t God give Moshe the encouragement that he asks for and just neutralize the frustration on both sides?