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Out of Narrow Places

02/24/2021 01:35:07 PM

Feb24

Rabbi Brent Spodek

This has been a harrowing, narrowing year. 

Our worlds have contracted - to the size of our homes, to the size of a computer screen, to the people, if any, in our pod. 

We are all in a narrow place these days. 

Judaism’s mystical tradition understands Pesach not principally as political liberation from tyrannical oppression, but rather as spiritual liberation from our own narrow places. As we prepare for the reality of a second year of zoom seders, questions of spiritual liberation loom large.

To join us on line, please register here for zoom seders with Rabbi Brent on the first night of Pesach (March 27) and Cantor Ellen on the second night of Pesach (March 28). For our youngest members, we have a pre-recorded Seder available here. Before Passover, we will help children of all ages learn the Four Questions and the other blessings of the seder; during the week of the holiday, Wendy would love to have a one-on-one Zoom story time with anyone who is interested. Email Julia Alexander for details.

If you are hosting a seder, either online or in person, join Rabbi Brent on March 11 for a lunchtime workshop on telling the tale of liberation in a way that is meaningful and engaging for everyone. 

Of course, central to Pesach are the foods we eat and notably, the foods we don’t eat because they include hametz, or leavened wheat. If you are looking for some guidance on how to make your home kosher for Passover,  you can find that here, and if you want to sell the hametz you have in your possession, you can use this form.

While this year, again, BHA will be celebrating Pesach online, we do so with the hope that in the year to come we will be in person!

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