A Bissel to Nibble #10 of 5773

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

Parshat  Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16) – “This Little Light of Mine….”

As Israelite homes are “passed over” in Egypt, we learn this week that we are to commemorate this event annually with our Passover seder, as well as with the eating of matzah.

Sunrise over a winter sky.Image by Gabriele Lange, 2013

Sunrise over a brilliant winter sky.
Image by Gabriele Lange, 2013

Before this though, times in Egypt were dark.  The plague of darkness (number nine if you’re still keeping count), brought three days of a darkness so thick and heavy that it could be felt. In my imagination, this was even thicker and heavier than our customary San Francisco fog.

We read, however, that the Israelites “had light in their dwellings.” (10:23)  Was this an external/physical light or an internal/spiritual light?  How did they find themselves with light amidst the darkness?

When life “gets dark,” or is thick and heavy for us, what alleviates or lightens our own burden?

How can we bring more light into our personal dwellings, our community and our world?


Rabbi Mark Melamut

About Gabriele Lange

Multi Media Consultant in SF Bay Area WebDesign at City College 2008-2011 Professional Photographer since 1998 Lived in Berlin, Germany between 1987-1994
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2 Responses to A Bissel to Nibble #10 of 5773

  1. Bonnie Gratch Lindauer says:

    Beautiful photo, Gabriele. And I love the phrase “this little light of mine,” as it reminds me
    of the song, This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

  2. myronseeman@comcast.net says:

    Apparently The Isaraelites were pre-cursors of Thos. Edison – Or for a second time G-D said “Let There Be Light” Myron

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