Friday, March 27, 2020

#blogExodus day 2: exalt

exalt
praise
glorify
laud
celebrate

those are tough words
in the face of
a global pandemic

how can we find
gratitude
when we are
scared
worried
afraid
alone?

and yet...
the sun rises
and sets
the clouds make
beautiful formations
the lake sends
waves over the shore

we breathe

and then realize
that the
breath
itself

is worthy
of praise.

What's #BlogExodus? Read more here.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

#blogExodus Day 1: Launch


Today we launch the strangest Nisan ever.

With two weeks to go until the Seder, my house is full of chametz and not a box of matzah in sight.

My Facebook feed is not full of carmelizing onions or jokes about covering the whole kitchen in foil. Instead, it's full of posts about whether it's safe to bring in the mail and how to snag the last instacart time slot available for the week.

This year is different. Using the word "different" feels so small and insignificant. It's beyond different. It's monumentally, fundamentally, outrageously different.

And yet, we launch Nisan. Because the calendar doesn't slow down or stop. Because Passover is, at its very core, a celebration that we always need, even in the midst of darkness. Even when we are scared and worried and anxious and afraid, even when our focus is elswhere, the calendar launches us into Nisan.

So just for today, take a breath. Organize a thought. Consider the next step.

Launch into Nisan.

What's #BlogExodus? Read more here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

#BlogExodus and #ExodusGram 5780


Rosh Chodesh Nisan is on Thursdsay, March 26, 2020.
I know we're all in lockdown mode. I know it means that Passover is going to be VERY different this year.

And I also know that many people are out there, looking for ways to be creative, engaged, and focused on the real meaning and messages in our lives today.

So...with Passover around the corner, you might not be making brisket or matzah balls. You might have cancelled your big Passover plans and are planning a small seder (perhaps online!). And it's all so different. Which makes this a great time to have something to focus on, something to think about that is a little bit outside of our four walls.

Enter: BlogExodus and Exodusgram.

So what is this really about? #BlogExodus is really what you want to make of it. I've provided topics for the first 14 days of the month of Nisan. What you do with it is up to you -- write a blog post, tweet, Facebook, tumblr, or something that I haven't even thought of yet! Use the hashtag to share your post (I put it into the title of each post). It's a great way to kickstart a blog or rejuvenate your languishing blog or just get yourself ready for the holiday of Passover! I will be posting my #blogExodus posts here on this blog and I will tweet them out at @imabima.

Maybe you don't have a blog? I'll post an "open thread #blogExodus" each day on my Facebook page as well, so you could just post your thoughts, photos, comments, or haikus there. Maybe you're a yogi? What about a photo of a different yoga post each day related to the theme of the day?

There aren't any rules, so maybe you don't like the order of the topics? Maybe you want to write on only a few of them? It doesn't matter. It is what you make of it.

 #Exodusgram is a even more interpretive. While I love Instagram (I'm imabima, of course), I know some people don't. So maybe you want to share Exodus-themed photos via Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest or....whatever! My #Exodusgram posts will go up on Instagram and then be shared to my tumblr, imabima.tumblr.com. Whatever you do, don't forget to tag with #Exodusgram so we can all share. (Note for some of my colleagues: this might make a fun teen project...who's up for #SnapTheExodus?)

The themes are really up for your own interpretation. I was thinking broadly and openly about what makes Passover special and interesting to me. I hope it will translate into creative and inspirational posts from all of us!

Are you going to join in? Leave me a comment here or send me a tweet or just...jump in! I will try to retweet all the #BlogExodus and #Exodusgram posts through Twitter via @imabima. If I miss your posts, let me know so I can go back and be inspired by what YOU have to say!

#BlogExodus #Exodusgram topics for 5780
1 Nisan - Launch
2 Nisan - Exalt
3 Nisan - Cleanse
4 Nisan - Rise
5 Nisan - Seek
6 Nisan - Retell
7 Nisan - Read
8 Nisan - Expand
9 Nisan - Perplex
10 Nisan - Join
11 Nisan - Celebrate
12 Nisan - Reveal
13 Nisan - Welcome
14 Nisan - Thank

 *Yes, I know that I put the Shabbat dates there. I don't blog/tweet/Facebook on Shabbat but I will post on Fridays before Shabbat and on Saturdays after Shabbat is over. You can, of course, do it any way you like!