Wednesday, March 21, 2018

#blogExodus 5: Hide

We hide the afikoman.

They say it's to keep the kids occupied.
To keep them awake so they can hear the whole story.

And maybe it's not just for the kids.

Part of the story is always missing. Hidden from view, it's the part we don't see.

The afikoman reminds us to look deeper.
To seek the hidden inside each of us.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

#blogExodus 4: Grow

I'm always looking for ways to "grow" my understanding of the Passover Seder and the holiday itself. So in honor of this "growth," I thought I would share some of my favorite resources....

How to get your kids to love Passover

My Seder Ideas Pinterest Board

My Passover Food Ideas Pinterest Board

The Kitchen Passover Card Game

Let My People Go - one of my favorite Passover books

A Really Nice Simple Haggadah

A little less simple but very cool color-in Haggadah *also available in Digital Download

My favorite Etsy t-shirt shop (and these leggings are pretty awesome too)

What's your favorite Passover stuff??

Saturday, March 17, 2018

#blogExodus 1: begin

Chodesh tov!
Thus begins another season of renewal and redemption.
A season of clearing out, cleaning up, and readying ourselves for the Pesach holiday.
Beginnings hold that excitement, that anticipation, that wondering...what will this holiday season bring?
And so begins BlogExodus....join the party :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

#blogExodus and #Exodusgram 5778

Rosh Chodesh Nisan, the first of the month of Nisan, is March 17, 2018.*

Which means that Passover is JUST around the corner. While most people are busy making brisket and matzo balls, I'm over here busily setting up #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. 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 little 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, 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, maybe not done over the two weeks but instead over one class period...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!

*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!

BlogExodus Topics 2018/5778
1 Nisan - Begin
2 Nisan - Bless
3 Nisan - Cleanse
4 Nisan - Grow
5 Nisan - Hide
6 Nisan - Tell
7 Nisan - Ask
8 Nisan - Rise
9 Nisan - Thank
10 Nisan - Join
11 Nisan - Celebrate
12 Nisan - Find
13 Nisan - Welcome
14 Nisan - Praise