This past Friday was an absolutely spectacular Shabbat. Asher Mayerson led services that hosted one of the largest turnouts of the year, before facilitating a riveting discussion on the morality of God’s actions with respect towards the Egyptians during the exodus, an event described in the week’s parshat. The discussion focused on whether the plagues were justified or were an act of collective punishment, along with whether God preserves the freedom of will of human beings.
Following davening, the New England Culinary Institute chefs treated us to a delicious Shabbas dinner of beat salad, mouthwatering salmon and scrumptious bread pudding (it tasted just like a cinnamon roll!). It was also great to share our Shabbat dinner with a number of Dartmouth professors. I was very lucky to dine with government Prof. Darryl Press. Conversation flowed as we discussed American security strategy and policy, among other topics. It was a fantastic night, and I can’t wait for the next NECI Shabbat next term.
- Adam Schneider ’15