Who screamed BINGO?

American author Louise L. Hay (1926-2017) wrote “Life is a lottery that we’ve already won. But most people have not cashed in their tickets.”

It is powerful to notice that in the main two readings of Yom Kippur the word lottery is present. The high priest “raffled” which goat will be sacrificed to God and which goat will be sent to the desert. In the book of

Jonah, the sailors cast lots to confirm who was responsible for the storm.
With this spirit of forgiveness, I want to invite you to play a community game of Bingo. We know that gambling games and houses of worship should not “hold hands and “walk together.” But, in this case, we want to connect with you in a different way.


Beth El will connect with you in a social, relaxed, fun, inclusive way for all ages.
On Sunday May 31 at 5 PM we will play Bingo to celebrate Shavuot. We will play via Zoom because we can’t join together in person, unfortunately. Each participant will be able to print customized boards, but you’ll also be able to play on your phones, tablets and computers. Please join in the fun and register here.
This blog message could end here but something would be missing, right?
We should learn something… Some Jewish connection should be somewhere…
Edwin S. Lowe was born in Poland in 1910. The oldest son of a rabbi, he studied in Eretz Israel before relocating to the US at age 18. While working as a traveling toy salesman in December 1929, Lowe encountered a group at an Atlanta, Georgia, carnival engaged in a game called Beano (probably because they used beans to mark the numbers). According to the popular tale, when he returned to his Brooklyn, NY, home, he organized a game with several friends, one of whom became so excited at winning, she shouted “Bingo!”
The popularity of the game among his acquaintances prompted Lowe to print game cards, which he later sold under the name Bingo. He established the E. S. Lowe Company for the production of his Bingo game cards, which initially were released as 24-card sets. The company later increased the number of variations to more than 6,000 card combinations, adding to the game’s popularity. Later he created the famous game Yahtzee.
Life is a lottery and who knew that a Jewish young man created a game 90 years ago that would give us a good reason to gather together, be with our community and celebrate, even during difficult times.

Note: Gambling can be addicting. If you have questions about this visit:
https://www.ncpgambling.org/help-treatment/national-helpline-1-800-522-4700/

Posted by Rabbi Fabián Werbin

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