Reliving the Exodus
This past Saturday, “Israelite Slave Liberation Front” (otherwise known as the Tiyul Shabbat B’yachad community) was successful in their efforts to free the Israelite slaves from oppression in Egypt. It was a difficult journey leaving Egypt, wandering through the desert (Cheviot Hills Park), and finding the promised land (Temple Isaiah).
Before they left Egypt, the TSBY slaves were forced to build wooden block storehouses for their Egyptian task masters. Then they witnessed Moses as he fought and killed an Egyptian taskmaster and was forced to flee into the desert.
While in the desert with Moses, the TSBY slaves created a burning bush using flame shaped paper with all their wishes for freedom written on them. This gave the TSBY slaves and Moses the strength to go back to Pharaoh in Egypt and tell him to “Let My People Go!”
However, Pharaoh would not let the TSBY slaves go free and so 10 plag-arades (plague charades) rained down on Egypt. The TSBY slaves acted out each plague. They even had frog puppets and they went after Pharaoh with them.
At last Pharaoh relented and he let the TSBY slave go free, but they had to hurry out of Egypt as fast as they could and did not have time to let their bread rise. Instead all they had to eat as they fled from Egypt was Matzah.
Finally, they reached the Red Sea, or the Sea of Fabric, and they did not know what to do. They were caught between the sea and the Egyptian army which was chasing them. One brave man, Nachshon, was the first to walk in to sea. Miraculously, the sea split in two and the entire TSBY Israelite people were able to walk through the sea safely to freedom. As they walked, they sang Mi Chamocha and Miriam’s Song (with their timbrels) to celebrate their newly gained freedom!
Once they reached the promised land of Temple Isaiah, they received the Torah from Mt. Temple Isaiah’s Ark and later celebrated Havdalah together.
The TSBY community experienced this miraculous journey from slavery to freedom because, as it says in the Passover Haggadah, “In every generation a person is obligated to look at himself or herself as though he or she personally departed from Egypt.”
You can see parts of the TSBY Exodus journey here: