In Honor of Passover …

On Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating our exodus from Egypt, we ask: Why is this night different than all other nights?

While I didn’t attend a seder and am spending the holiday solo (with my hubby in class and my family hundreds of miles away) I tried to make tonight feel special and different, even though I wasn’t celebrating in the traditional sense. Continue reading “In Honor of Passover …”

Passover Ponderings

2389496801_13373af29cHistorically, Passover, which begins tonight at sundown, is the Jewish holiday commemorating both our ancestors’ Exodus from Egypt and the liberation of the Israelites from bondage, as well as the commemoration of God sparing the Israelites when he killed the first born of Egypt. (God “passed over” the houses of the Israelites).

At the 10,000-feet level, it also symbolizes spring-time, rebirth, renewal. I feel like the timing is incredibly appropriate this year, as I’ve stumbled over several pebbles as of late.

I will be celebrating a belated seder (complete with Mom’s unrivaled brisket and potatoes!) when I go home to New Jersey this weekend, but the holiday officially kicks off tonight and, as a result, you can bet I’ll be eating lots of matzo over the next week!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the critical slavery aspect of this important holiday — something I’ve always known from Hebrew school and reading the Passover story each year at our seders, but also something I’ve never taken to a personal level or internalized it … until now. Continue reading “Passover Ponderings”