Torah Portion Bo

This weekend we have studied the Torah portion Bo, Exodus 10.1-13:16. In this portion, Moses and Aaron continue to approach Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave Egypt to worship their God; but each time, Pharaoh refuses to allow it, no matter how severe the plague is on his nation and his people. God, through His prophet Moses, inflicts further plagues on Egypt-Locusts and Darkness. Pharaoh’s own courtiers plead with the king to give in, or the nation would be destroyed. But Pharaoh, still believing himself to be a god-despots develop big egos-refuses to budge, and does not allow the Hebrews to leave Egypt.

Then finally, there is the final plague, the Death of the First-Born, from the children pf Pharaoh to the children of the slave girls. Pharaoh’s will is finally broken, and he begs Moses to take the Israelite out of Egypt. the great thing is, Moses, once a prince of Egypt, was still respected in the court, and the Egyptians looked favorably upon the Israelites. The Egyptians, like all lower-class people, suffer from the stupidity and egotism of their rulers. In the portion is the beginning of the holiday Peach, the commemoration of the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery, with the origins of the Seder; and of the redeeming of the first-born.

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Pesach is on the way

I will be celebrating theholiiday of Pesach, or Passover, with my congregation. Many of my other freidns will celebrate Easter. Whichever holiday you celebrate, may it be a happy one for you and your loved ones.

I have the custome of writing resolutions for not only New Year’s, but my birthday, Rosh haShona, and Pesach. Here are my resolutions for Pesach 2014:

I will continue to conduct myself with self-love, self esteem, and self-respect. I will not speak negatively about myself, and I will be careful about my thoughts, knowing they impact my outside world. I will overcome all needless fear, doubt, and hesitation.

 

I will continue to develop my art and business as a writer, attending writing and poetry events and classes, sending out poems and stories, updating my resume and web site, networking with other writers, etc.

 

I will continue to be loyal and dedicated to Jewish religion, history, culture, Kabala, Israel, Hebrew, etc.

 

I will continue to study foreign languages.

 

I will continue to utilize all types of self-education, like libraries, galleries, museums, lectures, readings, etc.

 

I will continue to know the love of women and the joy of sex.