This week we studied Parashat Bo. This is the 3rd Parashah in the book of Shemot. We find here the last 3 of the 10 plagues brought on Egypt and the beginning of our exodus from Egypt. We concentrated our efforts on understanding the first Mitzvah that was given to us as the “Jewish people”. Hashem tells us to make the month of Nissan the first month of the year. It is our birthday as the Jewish people that we are celebrating with this “new year”. We are told to count Nissan as the first of all the months. (Interestingly, when you count from Nissan as the first month of the year, then Tishrei becomes the 7th month—the month with so many holidays!)
We separate out the month of Nissan to be a special month for us as the Jewish people.
We separate out Passover by eating special food, we make Shabbat different from the rest of the days of the week, and we ourselves are called a “holy people” because we have a special mission to bring the light of Mitzvot to the world.
Rabbi Weiss told us stories about people who needed to make the best use of their time. One was about a man who dreamed that he was injured in an accident and was in a coma for 10 years while his family and friends went on with their lives. When he awoke from the dream he had a new awareness of how time is a precious gift.
So we took away from the Parasha that if our first mitzvah had to do with time, it must be a pretty important Jewish concept. And from the stories we learned that we need to make every second count.
Have a lovely Shabbat,
Morah Donna, Morah Hannah and Morah Yiska