January 9, 2019 -- January 15, 2019
This Week at Kol Emet
Wednesday - January 9th
Mahjong at Kol Emet - 7pm

Thursday - January 10th
Morning Minyan - 7:15am

Friday - January 11th
Ice Cream Bar & Family Shabbat Services with Kadima, Mechina, Hoppin' Through the Holidays and Rabbi Anna - 7pm

Saturday - January 12th
Torah Study - 10am
Sunday - January 13th
Passport to Leadership - 10am
Hoppin' Through the Holidays -10am
Kadima - 10am

Monday - January 14th
House Committee Meeting - 7pm

Tuesday - January 15th
Tikkun Olam Committee Meeting - 6pm
Weekly Torah Portion
Parashat Bo
Exodus 10:1-13:16

Moses and Aaron repeatedly go to Pharaoh to plead with him on behalf of the Israelites, but Pharaoh continues to refuse to let them go free. As a result, we witness the final three plagues upon the Egyptians – an infestation of locusts, darkness, and the death of the firstborn. After this terrible tenth one, Pharaoh relents, and at midnight Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt. He proclaims that each year, on the eve of the fourteenth day of the month, a festival will be celebrated for seven days in order to recall the Israelites’ liberation from Egypt. During these seven days, matzah (unleavened bread) shall be eaten, and on the first day, we will tell the story of how God freed us from Egyptian bondage.

From Rabbi Anna
This week, we are deep into the plagues. It only takes one Torah portion once we begin the book of Exodus for the plagues to begin. As some would say in today’s parlance, “Well, that escalated quickly!” 

Why couldn’t Moses have negotiated further with Pharaoh before such grave and frightful consequences were implemented? It’s a dark, tough story to tell; nobody likes to see others suffer. Even if we agree that the Egyptians, our enemies, were complicit in the oppression of the Israelites, it is not as if they voted for Pharaoh or had the power to stop him. As a dictator and supreme leader, he alone had the power to release the Hebrew slaves. So, why did regular Egyptians deserve such suffering? And why God repeatedly harden Pharaoh’s heart during Moses’ dealings with him? There are a million questions one could ask, each more troubling then the next.

The question ultimately is, for me, how best do we affect change? If a nation is enslaving a minority population, should the entire population be punished, or just its leaders? Today, the United States employs tactics like “sanctions” and “boycott” against other countries– which have been criticized precisely because they punish ordinary citizens and have much less impact on brutal dictators. 

Exodus 6:9 offers us a hint of a better way. “When Moses told the Israelites [that God would free them from slavery] they would not listen, their spirits crushed by cruel bondage and harsh labor.” And Moses cries out to God, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, how will Pharaoh?” It is heartbreaking and poignant to see how everyone involved suffers from “crushed spirits” --victims and perpetrators alike. 
When people are oppressed and fearful, we contract into ourselves. It is difficult to listen beyond our immediate needs. But, if we can find a way to transcend our narrow perspective, we can widen into a greater, positive vision for what could be. When we lift people up, can we create change. 

With blessings for happy 2019, full of vision and change for the greater good,
Rabbi Anna
Kol Emet News & Events
This Friday Join Friends for a Sundae Bar and Shabbat Services!

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Join the Kol Emet Superbowl Block Pool by clicking here and creating an account with Run Your Pool . Pick any number of squares, $20 each by clicking on it in the grid. You can pick (and remove) your square(s) any time before the start of the Super Bowl. 

If every square is filled, the final score winner will win $400, and the 3 other scores will win $200! And Kol Emet will raise $1,000! 

Please remember to get your $20/block payment to the office in order for your blocks to count. If you have any questions, please contact the office at office@kolemet.org or Jay Frank at Jay25milesfrank@gmail.com.

If you aren't familiar with a traditional-style block pool, here is how it works: 

Every square on the board will assign you two numbers. The numbers 0-9 (which will later be assigned at random) on the row and column correspond to either the last number in the home or away team score respectively. So 20 points would be a 0 whereas 35 would be a 5. 

So how do you win? The score at the end of the first quarter, halftime, third quarter, and final score will determine which square and person wins! If the score is 17-10 at the half with the home team winning, the person with the squares of 7 and 0 would win that portion of the game. Having the squares 0 and 7 would not help because it would be assigned to the wrong way. 
 Good Luck!
Book Club is meeting on 1/25!    

Discussion begins at 5:45PM sharp in the Kol Emet Library. This is free and open to everyone!

When Bad Things Happen to Good People
by Harold S. Kushner
Tikkun Olam Monthly Donation Drive

Kol Emet began partnering with the Interfaith Food Alliance (IFA), an organization fighting hunger in Lower Bucks, in Summer 2018. We will be supporting IFA in a variety of ways including a monthly donation drive to provide some of the most "in-demand" items IFA offers the families it serves.

In the month of January, we are collecting Diapers . Please drop your donations at the synagogue throughout the month. Thank you!
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