June 1, 2018

Follow Me

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” – Matthew 9:9 In Jesus’ day, follow me was a famous phrase that was used to call the best of the best, in short, to call Rabbis. Rabbis were at the center of the community; they weren’t just teachers, they were judges, leaders and politicians of the people. They mattered. To become a Rabbi, you had to be mentored by a Rabbi, and to be mentored by a Rabbi, you had to interview with one. Even at that, most of the people who interviewed got turned away because only a small handful made the cut. To be selected, you had to be good looking, super-smart, and very religious. If you managed to get in, your acceptance letter to the “Harvard”

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