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passover is coming!

01/24/2023 12:56:48 PM

Jan24

Rabbi Chaya Gusfield

This week’s Torah portion, Bo, reflects the Passover story, too.

I am offering an Or Shalom Zoom Seder on Saturday night, April 8 (the fourth night of Pesach). It would be oriented to young and old and be about 30-45 minutes. Are you in? We won’t go forward with the planning if we don’t get enough family units. We need at least 8.

If you are interested, please email me by February 8, so we can start planning. (rabbichaya@orshalom.org) Given that Passover is an eating holiday, we aren’t quite ready for an in-person congregational seder this year. Hopefully, next year.

To start thinking about the story, this week’s Torah portion brings us the last three plagues and contains some interesting dilemmas. We will be discussing one of the plagues, darkness, and how the Israelites responded to their neighbors living for days without being able to see anything. You might be surprised at what some rabbis think about this!

I hope to see you this Friday. I have invited some friends from Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and the East Bay to experience Or Shalom magic. It should be great. Plus we are giving away goody bags for our oneg.

Friday, February 3, we will be welcoming guests from Faith in Action, hearing about their experiences, and focusing on the concept of refuge. Please join us then, as we become refuge to each other in this special community.


Artwork by Rabbi Chaya Gusfield

Wed, February 8 2023 17 Shevat 5783