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.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