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Meitzarim: Freeing Ourselves from the Narrow Places
Clergy / President's Column by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison & President Andy Cheng

There is a well-known pun found in Chasidic texts: Mitzrayim, Egypt, is associated with the word, meitzarim, meaning straits, or narrow places. At our seders, we celebrate being liberated from constraints, we sing of escaping from the narrow places, and we pledge ourselves to working towards the liberation of all who are oppressed.

 

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Celebrate Passover 2021 With Beth Am
We celebrate Pesach not simply to repeat the tale of our enslavement and liberation, but to find new and personal meaning in that narrative each year. As Passover approaches, it’s time to think about how we’ll prepare our homes and our spirits for the arrival of the Feast of Freedom! Click through to find a schedule of Beth Am Passover events.


Meitzarim: Freeing Ourselves from the Narrow Places
Clergy / President's Column by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison & President Andy Cheng

There is a well-known pun found in Chasidic texts: Mitzrayim, Egypt, is associated with the word, meitzarim, meaning straits, or narrow places. At our seders, we celebrate being liberated from constraints, we sing of escaping from the narrow places, and we pledge ourselves to working towards the liberation of all who are oppressed.

 

 

 

 

 


Counting of the Omer
The period between Passover and Shavuot is called the “Counting of the Omer” (Sefirat Ha'omer). Omer means "barley sheaf" and refers to the offering brought to the Temple on the second day of Passover. Starting from that day, the Torah also instructs that “you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete: you must count until the day after the seventh week — 50 days” (Leviticus 23:15-16).

 

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March Tzedakah Box:
Benefitting the Israel Affordable Housing Center

Established in 2014, the Israel Affordable Housing Center (IAHC) works to develop new tools and advance policies that make it possible for medium and low-income households to secure adequate and affordable housing in thriving communities throughout Israel.

Lift Up Seniors and Families In Need This Passover
Show isolated seniors, people with disabilities and families in crisis that they are not alone! With every gift of $36, you will provide a Seder Sack filled with Passover foods and essentials to a household in need.

Tue, April 20 2021 8 Iyar 5781