Parashat Bo, and when Come really means Go

     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…

Action Prompts:

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:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
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Read, Write

-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

( Golden 5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective,

               and can historical fiction stories inspires learning and courage, Ann and Willow??

l’Shalom, Peace

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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23 thoughts on “Parashat Bo, and when Come really means Go

  1. As I learned from re-watching an old movie last night called Stormy Monday, it certainly helps to recognize all the corruption in the world and the most dignified ways of defeating it. Thank you, Shira, for encouraging us all to ask and answer all these important questions.

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  2. I wish I knew. I mean, I live in a small town, and it’s not even safe. Maybe some visions for intentional communities? But, I mean, the world’s population is getting so out of control, that I can’t imagine how we can live safely with each other in some future society.

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    1. Well, I believe that it all starts with empathy, and from there, infrastructure that we all need for getting around safely, and a robust public health system. Those are tightly connected things, even if they don’t seem to be, at first. That’s why they are part of Phase I in Project Do Better.

      We can live safely with each other, and it’s not even that difficult: if we want to Do Better.

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          1. Working on it, Ladies!
            If you want a sneak peak, the latest draft is up on the Call for Helping Hands stuck to the top of my blog (reading through as an ebook while avoiding formatting my References!!).

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    1. Yeah, I’d read about it before I got there, but didn’t think that any families still practiced it. Then, again, the fact that the kids spoke Turkish, even to respond to comments made by their elders in Ladino, seems to go with this, and it worries me.

      Most of the kids understand their dialect of Ladino (it has the standard old-Cervantes era Castillian and Hebrew mix, but with a bit of Turkish rhythm), but can’t speak it, which is what one older teenager told me (back in 2005, so now that kid would be, what, a millennial?). I was surprised that there are no classes, but then neither do many Ashkenazi young people speak Yiddish anymore, either, so I guess it’s pretty much the same. It’s a shame to see languages that hold such unique culture die.

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      1. And, btw, in Istanbul there is a weekly (or monthly) newsletter in Ladino, or at least a few pages are, circulating among the shuls, mainly Neveh Shalom and the Jewish museum if I recall correctly, up there, and the communities in Istanbul and Izmir are pretty close, but still, not much being published in Ladino, and since I was told (emphatically) by a family in Izmir that they cannot understand Spanish TV (which makes sense, between the “Hostias!! and Joder!! and the “este es un sin Dios” phrases used in Spain, even Latinos can’t understand half of Spaniards…), so there is less to ‘hook’ in with, if that makes sense.

        I think the Yiddish speaking world is bigger? (or is that just my American bias??)

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