Festival of Existence at Dodger Stadium | Yonah Bookstein

Our redemption from the pandemic

Soon after listening to about what was happening at hospitals and vaccination clinics, I had called a couple shul users and donors on Sunday to established up #mitzvacart to quickly give relief to the employees and volunteers who were understaffed and overworked. 

 We hoped to assist raise their spirits and give treatment for all the folks caring for some others. 

 We were being grateful that donors stepped up and funded the initially 7 days of meals deliveries, and our shul associates promptly arranged and arranged for deliveries to Dodger Stadium and Cedar-Sinai.

A year back this 7 days we hosted hundreds of individuals for Shabbat in Park Town during the Sundance Film Pageant. We could barely have known that Sundance 2020 was the previous major celebration that we ended up heading to take part in for a incredibly long time. With the pandemic closing down all big gatherings quickly thereafter, no 1 has been capable to expertise the wonderful electrical power generated by the sea of humanity taking part in a songs festival, a significant sporting celebration, or a live performance. 

When I arrived at Dodger Stadium to enable provide 3 dozen pizzas and bottled water on behalf of Pico Shul to the staff members and volunteers, I was unprepared for what to experience and expertise.  

We entered by way of an personnel entrance and were escorted by the website staff members driving by mazes of parking cones and extensive lines of vehicles and tents masking the huge parking tons. 

We felt like we ended up arriving backstage at a large songs and camping festival, and anyone was waiting around in their cars and trucks to be checked by safety in advance of going into tenting. 

Other than in its place of all people waiting to have their vehicles picked apart by the protection teams ahead of they could delight in a transcendent weekend of tunes and camping, the thousands of men and women in line were there to get a lifetime-preserving vaccine.

Zach, a person of the volunteer and staff coordinators for CORE  released me to the adult males and women who are now furnishing lifetime-saving vaccines at this gigantic outdoor clinic. He and some of the main staff are doing the job 18 hour days. On the first day open to the community, they vaccinated 8,000 inhabitants of LA around the age of 65.  

I met Jeff Duck, a senior Core staff, who throughout pre-pandemic moments labored as a specialist bassist. Instead of rocking concert stages about the entire world, Jeff has been rocking Dodger Stadium for months arranging the logistics of tests tens of thousands of individuals, and now inoculating them.

 “When are they beginning the are living audio stage?” I requested, jokingly. 

And I was amazed to learn that Jeff experienced arranged stay music all through the screening section, and as quickly as they have a manage on the vaccination routine, they hope to have a stay tunes stage set up in Dodger Stadium, supplying enjoyment to people waiting in their vehicles and the staff members. 

 Dodger Stadium has been turned into the Pageant of Life. 

We study in Parsha Bo about the Jewish people becoming redeemed from slavery, and the millions of Israelites and some others who left Egypt. 

Observing the Dodger Stadium vaccination clinic firsthand, I felt I was witnessing our redemption from the bondage of this pandemic. 

The redemption will not take place overnight, as it did for our ancestors in Egypt. 

But like God’s “strong outreached arm” which led us out of Egypt, this redemption demands us to stretch out our arms by means of the auto window.

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Rabbi Yonah Bookstein is an internationally acknowledged religious leader, who brings together a deep motivation to ancient follow and information and a non-judgmental adore for the Jewish men and women, humanity and the entire world. He is co-founder and Alevy Household Rabbi in Community Outreach of Pico Shul Alevy Jewish Studying Centre and Shabbat Tent. Rabbi Yonah is the author of Prayers for Israel, and organizes Tu B’shvat Seders on campuses all around the entire world. Rabbi Yonah is a previous Fulbright Fellow, done his MA at Oxford University, and Rabbinical Ordination at Ohr Somayach Monsey, NY.

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