Parashat Bo (Come to Pharaoh)
We read a very strange verse in this section (Exodus 12:22): “You shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and touch some of the blood to the lintel [above the doorway] and to the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.”
Gd is going to send the 10th plague over the Egyptians. The firstborn were in danger, therefore, the B’nai Israel had to mark their homes. Gd was going to pass over the homes of the Israelites, and the Jewish firstborn were to be safe.
So… why can’t anybody go outside? Why couldn’t the rest of the children play hide and seek outside?
The Torah is teaching us that when one member of the family is in danger, we need to be together, in unity, even though the rest are safe.
Staying together is a good way to pass over the crisis.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L