14 Jan Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Bo
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Bo which not only lends us the opportunity to read about the final three plagues but within it are the chapters that serve as the basis for our celebration of Passover. It is in this week’s parasha that the Israelite people are instructed about and offer the pascal sacrifice. This portion is when the slaying of the first born takes place and is also when our ancestors take their first steps as free people in hundreds of years. That moment, one that is immortalized not only by the Torah but by the numerous cinematic depictions, was one that was surely greeted with great anticipation and what a celebration it must have been. Reading about this moment is quite appropriate this weekend as we mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this coming Monday. There are many who still yearn for freedom in this world and who hope one day to experience the dream that Dr. King spoke of, that same dream that our ancestors experienced that day in Egypt. It should be our goal in life to bring that moment to all those who want it and all those who wait for it. We waited for it for a long time and celebrate its anniversary each year. How wonderful it would be to give others a chance to celebrate as well.