Parashat BeShalach, and Bully Culture

     This week’s Torah portion, is “Parashat Beshalach / פָּרָשַׁת בְּשַׁלַּח   Parashat Beshalach is the 16th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.  Torah Portion: Exodus 13:17-17:16” 

      This week, traditional congregations (and maybe a few Masorti/Conservative Movement folks) will read the entire portion, and I forget which year of the Trienniel cycle the Reform and most of the Conservative/Masorti movements are in, so they might not get to that part this year.  But everyone will be reminded of the cowardly attacks by Amalek on the stragglers of the Children of Israel. 

    How do you build a culture where people would all be ashamed of themselves, as a certain giant I met in Bath ought to have been, for not “picking on someone your own size,” as we used to say.  Although frankly, picking on anyone for any reason, bigger than you or not, is really not ok.  Even if you are, as one co-worker I had used to say “in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.”  Bart Simpson can tell us what it felt like to be picked on intellectually, too, and that is also something for ‘smarter’ people to be ashamed of.  Rather than ridiculing the less informed, we should build them up.   That way, by the way, we are also providing uplift to ourselves, as well, no?

     How can we make the future more certain and safe and free for all of us, today?

   What do you think,   Thoughtful Readers?

Parashat Bo was last week…

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-we can learn from the past via 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

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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.

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11 thoughts on “Parashat BeShalach, and Bully Culture

  1. After the most recent Law & Order SVU episode ending on Olivia having a rewardingly good talk with Noah about standing up to bullies, it’s reassuring to know that these messages can be even more recognized and appreciated today. Thank you, Shira.

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  2. Shavuah Tov, dear Shira!
    I think the answer to your question is kindness and tolerance. Amalek assaulted old, infirm, and sick people which is particularly atrocious; that’s why we are commanded to eradicate Amalek. Promoting kindness to physically and mentally impaired is a remedy, in my opinion.

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