Community Engagement

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Bo בא

Our Midrashir for Parashat Bo is the song "The Refugee". The song was written by Israeli song writer Yaakov "Yankele" Rotblit, who also wrote the well known "Shir Lashalom". The song which is about encountering a refugee ends with the words: זה מזכיר לי מקום, העבר בי צועק however it doesn’t specify what place we are reminded of and what is the event.

It might refer to our collective memory of Egypt, or it might speak about more recent events of persecution that echo within us. However, as we read the headlines in recent days in Israel and the U.S on the issue of refugees and immigrants , we are reminded that we too were once upon a time strangers and therefore we are obligated to love the stranger as ourselves.

 

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