By Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, November 27, 2009
My lords, when I entered this chamber for the first time I did so from the Moses Room, and I thank my lordships for the lengths they went to make a rabbi feel at home.
Today I feel the other side of that occasion, for it was Moses at the burning bush who felt so overwhelmed by emotion that he told God he could not speak; he was “not a man of words.”
Mind you, that did not stop him speaking a great deal thereafter. In fact on one occasion, when pleading with God to forgive the people for making the Golden Calf, he spoke for forty days and forty nights.