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 Bo (Exodus 10-13:16)
Finally, after 430 years, the Israelites are free. Before we get there though, we learn of the last three plagues: locusts, darkness and the death of the first born. With the last plague, the Israelite doors are marked so that it will literally “pass over” their homes. They finally escape towards freedom, leaving us with the obligation to remember this event into perpetuity by observing the holiday of Passover.
REFLECTION QUESTION: We learn that not only did the plague of darkness cover the land of Egypt and last for three days, but the darkness was so thick that it could be felt and no one could see each other even with the help of artificial light. However, the Israelite homes managed to maintain light amidst the deep darkness. When life around us seems to grow dark, how does Jewish life help us maintain light within our lives, within our homes, and within ourselves?