#BlogExodus and #Exodusgram



There’s always a lot to get done to prepare for the holiday of Pesach.
Not only do we have to get our homes ready for the week of leaven-free dining, there’s an important spiritual aspect to preparing ourselves for the experience of the Exodus.

Luckily, there are a couple of weeks prior to Passover in which to get ready!

A few years ago, I participated in Tweet the Exodus. It was one of the most fun online projects I’ve ever participated in! I’m not sure we could reprise it even if we wanted to!

So onto new and different projects.

This year, I’m inviting YOU to join me (yes, you. The person reading this post…friend, family, colleague, blogger, reader…) in two projects during the first part of the month of Nisan, the month in which Passover falls. You can do one or both…or just jump in at your whim!

The first is #BlogExodus. This is pretty simple. I’ve provided topics for each of the first 14 days of the month of Nisan…just write a blog post about that topic on the assigned day! Use the hashtag to share your post, even in your title. This might be a great way to kickstart your blog (are you new at it?) and it might be a great way to get yourself ready for the themes and ideas of the holiday! I’ve decided to post my #BlogExodus posts over at rabbiphyllis.blogspot.com – my “rabbi” blog. (But I’ll tweet them at @imabima!) If you don’t blog, and want to participate, maybe you want to tweet the topics, or use your Facebook posts to explore these themes…

The second is a little more…blurry. Or…open to interpretation. I’m totally into Instagram (I’m imabima, of course) on my iPhone. I have noticed all sorts of fun daily challenges on Instagram, and I’ve decided that I’m going to take photos related to these themes. I think this will be far more challenging than merely writing about the themes and I’m hoping that it is a fun challenge. Also, if you don’t have a blog or don’t feel like writing…take a picture instead! (And you don’t have to use Instagram to share your photos, you can share them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr (I’ll admit, I have one but I don’t use it, any ideas?)…whatever makes you happy!) Whatever you do, don’t forget to tag it with #Exodusgram so we can all share.

The themes are totally up for your own interpretation! I tried to think broadly about what the general themes of Pesach are, and how they would translate into blog posts, photos, etc.

Feel free to grab the picture above and share it….and use it in your posts, etc.

Are you going to play along? Let me know! Leave me a comment here, send me a tweet, or send up a signal fire…

(And yes, I know that some of the dates are Shabbat. I don’t blog/tweet/Facebook on Shabbat but I will post after Shabbat is over. I’m good with that….you can do it any way you like.)

Originally posted on Ima on (and off) the Bima.

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Rabbi Phyllis Sommer

About Rabbi Phyllis Sommer

Associate Rabbi at Am Shalom in Glencoe, IL and mama to four sweet munchkins...

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