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As week two of Remote Education of full lockdown two comes to end, it is appropriate that it is also the second Parsha in the book of Shemot that is read this week.
The Parsha of Va’era is one of the most well-known episodes in the Torah (not least because of the Prince of Egypt!). It begins with G-d reaffirming to Moshe that the time has come for the Children of Israel to be freed from slavery and to be taken to the land of Israel, in the fulfilment of G-d’s promise to Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaacov. G-d reassures Moshe that even though Pharoah may be making things more difficult for the Jewish people now, it will eventually get better and that salvation will come. I think that this message is very apt right now.
For so many of us this second complete lockdown is even more difficult than the first and it has come just as there was light appearing at the end of the tunnel with the approval and rollout of the vaccine. I think that we can take heart from so many things though. The move to remote education has been much smoother, student engagement has been close to 100%, which is really fantastic and the feedback that we have received has been overwhelmingly positive. I want to thank all of you for helping us make this happen. Please do continue to encourage your children to log on and engage, in their uniform and of course to behave in an exemplary fashion.
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, your expressions of gratitude are so heartening and uplifting. Unfortunately, things may get worse before they get better, but I believe there is reason to be positive and hopefully it won’t be long before we, too, receive a modern day exodus from this pandemic.
We look forward to as many of the students joining in the extra-curricular activities that are starting next week, please do click on the links in the newsletter for further details.
Rabbi H Cohen
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