Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

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Bread blessings

I was just sitting here eating bread and reading Nehemiah.

I returned to the club fair today and stopped by the Jewish stands again. It was just was packed as yesterday -- they had it set up at the end of the grassy mall farthest from McKeldin Library and nearest Rt. 1. The tables and balloons were lined up all along the sidewalks that wind across the mall.
The first group I talked to told me about some of what they do, and then gave me a pin that says M-R-Y-L-N-D (מרילנד)! :D The second group I went to talk to were the ones who had been making the shofar the day before. I really wanted to ask them about it, but I felt so shy. じゃまをするな! Today I did stop, but I couldn't manage to say much of anything. None-the-less, they gave me home-made bread! I tried some tonight and it is delicious. I am saving the rest for tomorrow!
I also emailed them to see if there is any way I can observe or get involved. Just so I am not an inteference :) Hopefully, I will hear good news back from them! (I don't know why I am doing this when I barely have time to keep up as it is...)

Also, I read this in Nehemiah and it really struck me. I will put it behind the cut for those who have the time to take a peek:

Nehemiah 8
Ezra Reads the Law
When the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.

1 Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. 3 Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
4 So Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose; and beside him, at his right hand, stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Urijah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah; and at his left hand Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God.
Then all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law; and the people stood in their place. 8 So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.
9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.
10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
11 So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.

(New King James Version)

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