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17/18 February: Shabbat Yitro

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In parshat Yitro, the story of the Exodus reaches its climax with the crossing of the Red Sea.  God, through Moses, splits the waters and Israel’s famous song after crossing has become a central part of our daily liturgy.

The entire Bible is filled with beautiful metaphors and poetic imagery that help express the Author’s intentions.  In our Torah portion, for example, Israel’s miraculous redemption from slavery is described: “I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself”.

If we try to explain what love is about, we may come up short using technical language.   But poetry, music, paintings, dance can come closer to giving us ideas about what life is about.  Art, by not trying to be literal in it’s expression, has a way of using expression that speaks to the heart.  That’s why the song at the Red Sea, and Miriam’s dance with women were the most appropriate reactions to feeling safe, loved and thankful.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

February 16, 2017