Parashat BeShalach, and Bully Culture

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This week’s Torah portion, is “Parashat Beshalach / פָּרָשַׁתבְּשַׁלַּח Parashat Beshalach is the 16th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion:Exodus 13:17-17:16

This week, traditional congregations (and maybe a few Masorti/Conservative Movement folks) will read the entire portion, and I forget which year of the Trienniel cycle the Reform and most of the Conservative/Masorti movements are in, so they might not get to that part this year. But everyone will be reminded of the cowardly attacks by Amalek on the stragglers of the Children of Israel.

How do you build a culture where people would all be ashamed of themselves, as a certain giant I met in Bath ought to have been, for not “picking on someone your own size,” as we used to say. Although frankly, picking on anyone for any reason, bigger than you…

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