A Bissel to Nibble #9 of 5773

A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Torah Portion by Rabbi Mark

*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) – Getting to Know G-d

Four cups of wine

Stuck in Egypt, Israel is on the cusp of freedom.  Following the ten plagues, seven of which occur in this week’s torah reading, they will begin to taste liberation.

The four actions G-d describes prior to the plagues become the basis for our familiar four cups of wine at the Passover seder.  “I will bring you out…deliver you…redeem you…and take you to be My people,” (6:6-7) says G-d.  It is four cups, and not one less, that symbolize freedom.  Following these four actions, we learn of the divine motive, “And you shall know that I, the Lord, am your G-d who freed you…”  G-d simply wanted them to get to know G-d.  Simple, right?

Can we imagine that G-d wants to get to know us?

How can we let G-d in in order to get to know us?

What might it mean to “know G-d?”

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Mark Melamut

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1 Response to A Bissel to Nibble #9 of 5773

  1. Just a punctuation note: I have followed the usage “G!d” (courtesy of R’ Tzvi). It seems useful to me that the Deity be represented by a positive mark rather than a missing letter. It fits Buber, too, in that G!d is the only One with Whom we can have only an Ich-Du relationship and never an Ich-Ess relationship.

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