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Shalom Temple Sinai!
I have had a surprisingly great Passover despite Covid and isolation. I ended up having more Seders, more Passover Zoom-time with friends, more reflecting on the themes of freedom and plague than during most “normal” years.
I’ve been reflecting also on this “Great Pause” as some are naming this time of social distancing when many of us are home, not working, and what we might learn from it. I will be speaking about this in upcoming sermons (and likely at the High Holy Days also), but I think this time offers an unwelcome but fecund opportunity for reflection on these lives we live…
Also in this email:
– Online class: Parenting through a Jewish Lens II – Need 7 people to hold the class!
– Upcoming Services and Events
– Chaverim: Need some help?
– Mi Shebeirach List: email Chaverim Committee
– PDF of Friday night service (same as we have been using)
On Sinai, Moses and God are having another serious meeting; let’s think of it as a Zoom meeting on Sinai between two beings who can’t really be in the same space safely. They are discussing important business matters, like who is going to lead us out of the wilderness. Moses says, ‘you have to do it,’ but God is hedging, so Moses convinces God to say, “OK, enough with this, I’ll go in front.”
Happy Passover, Temple Sinai!
I hope you enjoyed your seder last night in whatever way you celebrated it! We had a big crowd on Zoom, but I’ve seen lots of pictures of people at a seder table with computers to connect to friends and family, so I am impressed that as Jews always have, we find a way to continue. You can’t quarantine Judaism!
Tonight we have a Community Seder with Ohavi Zedek, and that will include the part after the meal as well. There will be singing, stories, puppets, and discussion, so please do your best to join us!
Also in this email:
– A note about ZOOM events – Check the Temple website
– Upcoming events
– Mi Shebeirach list and Chaverim Committee
– Downloadable Friday night Service (the same one we’ve been using)
Over the next few months we will focus on Author Nicholas Zhang’s Jews in China: A History of Struggle. The author skillfully condenses centuries of historical information about four main groups of Jewish immigrants to China into this succinct, but comprehensive, chronicle.
It is strange to be celebrating Passover and liberation from bondage when so many of us are stuck in our homes due to a plague. As I saw on Facebook recently: Jewish Irony: Passover Cancelled Due to PLAGUE But let’s also remember that on the night of the first Passover, all the Israelites were stuck […]