Free Choice and Hardening Pharaoh’s Heart
God doesn’t take away Pharaoh’s freedom to choose between good and evil, between compassion and cruelty. Pharaoh himself gives that freedom away by repeatedly choosing evil until he has defined himself in his own mind as a person who always makes the cruel choice.
In the Jewish tradition, there’s a sense that everything gets moving as a result of a problem, a question, a Machloket in Hebrew. That even the most provocative question is still better than no question because, in the words of Rabbi Professor Donniel Hartman, questions, questioning, push at the limits of the sort of silent conspiracy of the way things have to be.
Passover 2018: The Seder as an Aspirational Calling
The Passover Seder is an opportunity, and by our great Sages, a mandated responsibility to reclaim a Jewish experience of depth, meaning, and relevancy in every generation.
The Sages of old spoke of Shabbat as a glimpse of the World to Come. A gift to us human beings from the Treasure-house of HaShem, The Divine.
All are welcome to bring in Shabbat with prayers, singing and a Kosher Shabbat dinner at the home of MCJC members Steve and Sharon Danzig. Steve and Sharon will prepare a traditional Kosher chicken dinner, just like Bubbe used to make, but even better!
We are past the RSVP date. However, if you do wish to participate, please contact Jill Purvin at email@example.com, or leave a message with the MCJC office at 815-455-1810, to help us plan.
NOTE: The MCJC building will be closed this Friday night.