Student Teaching in the New Millenium

True Wealth

In Exodus on January 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I go to market
and see some people buying,
others just looking.

I go to the ones
who are looking and give each
of them a pence piece.

They buy candies and
toy whistles. They are happy.
They make me wealthy.

Parsha Bo

But if the household is too small for a lamb, let him share one with a neighbor who dwells nearby, in proportion to the number of persons: you shall contribute for the lamb according to what each household will eat.

Exodus 12.4

Is it striking that the third thing we’re told is to be nice to each other? The first is it shall be the first month of the year for you. The second is take every man a lamb…a lamb for a household. The third is our text above.

Does this apply to The Exodus only, and Passover, when it is said that no Jew should have no place to go? Or to any Exodus situation? Define an Exodus situation.

Does this say the haves are responsible for the have nots? Or are the haves responsible for helping the have nots become haves? Is this a mere suggestion? Or a commandment to be sensitive to the needs of others, and not turn the needy away?

How does this instruction relate to the first two instructions received?  The hard part: I don’t want to hear about Passover.  Get creative!

Should the definition of needy be someone in need? Or someone who won’t help someone in need?

Even in hardship, do we affirm our humanity by affirming others’?

Do all creatures deserve to share our hours of triumph?


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