A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Parsha by Rabbi Mark Melamut
*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish. Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel, would you, darling?” A biselleh is even less. (www.bubbygram.com)
Parshat Va’era (Exodus 6:2 – 9:35)
Yearning for freedom, G-d hears the Israelites’ cry and Pharoah’s heart is hardened. Biblical Egypt is plagued with blood, frogs, lice, etc., as Moses’ well known refrain, “Let my people go,” is ignored. Before the plagues begin, we learn of four expressions of G-d’s role in freeing the Israelites – “I will free you…deliver you…redeem you and take you to be My people.” (6:6-7) This is the key source for our well known four cups of wine at the Passover seder.
REFLECTION QUESTION: With the four expressions of freedom in mind, can you identify four things in your life, for which you feel that your cup overflows with blessing?
Rabbi Mark Melamut