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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 10:30am


Wednesday, April 8 between 17.30-19.30 (Israel time)

Join us for a celebration with teaching, with poetry, with retelling, food and wine.

Come for the whole event, or join for part of it - whatever works for you. The main thing is not to be alone.

From Ruhama Weiss, Ph.D., Director of the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, based at HUC-JIR's Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem:

In the midst of this painful crisis we are about to celebrate Passover with joy. We recognize the presence of two different emotions: anxiety and sadness at the devastation, as well as anticipation of celebration. In honoring these emotions we follow a Jewish tradition that has sewn into our garments two eternal pockets. Why two pockets? The Hassidic Rabbi Simcha Bunam tells us that the two pockets are there so that each one of us can reach into them and retrieve in one pocket, “For my sake was the world was created,” and in the other, “I am but dust and ashes.” So firmly stitched in our tradition the pockets are a universal human experience like this virus moment in our life. In one pocket I have a note smelling of rich spices that say, “Celebrate this Seder with joy” and in the other, smudged with tears the note says, “We remember those touched by the coronavirus, those who are ill, and those who lost loved ones.” The coronavirus has forced spatial separation yet Zoom has opened up a getting together in celebration. It will be wonderful to see you all on Wednesday, as we join as one Beit Midrash community to tell and retell, to bless and be blessed. 

Join Prof. Zeev Safrai, Rabbi Naamah Kalman, Prof. Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Prof. Ayala Emmett, President Andrew Rehfeld, Prof. Dalia Marx, Prof. Ruhama Weiss, the secular rabbi Manny Gal, Esther Guggenheim, Revital Pryzlr, Rabbi Peter Stein. They all will be with us on the Seder night of the Beit Midrash-Meaning In the Days of Corona.

Register for the seder HERE. If you wish to join directly by Zoom without registering, use this link.