This week’s Torah portion, “Parashat Bo / פָּרָשַׁת בֹּא” is the 15th sedra (portion) in the annual Jewish cycle, and the third portion in the book of Exodus/Shemot. The entire Torah Portion is: Exodus 10:1-13:16
This week, traditional congregations (and maybe a few Masorti/Conservative Movement folks) will read the entire portion, from ‘the last three plagues on Egypt to the first Passover’ or, in the words of Zorba, “The full catastrophe.”
I was invited, when I lived in Izmir, to eat the first Seder with a family who chose to treat me as a man, handing me the walking stick with the bundle tied over it, as we used to picture Hobos carrying their things, ready to ride the rails, hopping trains during the Great Depression. That impressed me deeply, both being respected as a man would be, for the second time in my life, while the women of the family watched us each pretend to walk down the path carrying a heavy burden, and the miming of the burden, itself. This is not a custom I have seen any Ashkenazi families keep, so it was new to me. It also made me think of my own ancestors, enslaved in the United States of America before the Civil War, and to wonder how many of them thought of this journey, and if they could make a similar journey to freedom.
How can we make the future more certain and safe and free for all of us, today?
What do you think, Thoughtful Readers?
Parashat Vaera was last week…
1.) Share your thoughts on how to keep all of us safer, please. The invitation to all who are hungry, is it real?
2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.
Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?
Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call ,
by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to
help build a kinder future, and Do Better Project for a Better World
Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS
the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE
Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.
Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.
We’d love to hear from you here, if you read it!
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