Saturday, March 27, 2021

Happy Passover!

On this Saturday, March 27, 2021, at sundown [until Sunday, April 4] Jews around the world will be celebrating the first night of the eight days of Passover.  We do so with the Passover Seder.  Of course, like last year, with Covid-19 still hovering over the world, many of the family Seder's will not be able to be in person.  Our family is blessed in that all of the family adults attending have had been fully vaccinated with both doses of the vaccine [Pfizer, for most of us], so we will be able to once again have our family Passover Seder [although smaller than usual].  We have arranged to be together for the second day of Passover, Sunday for our Seder.

Passover is one of the most observed Jewish holidays that celebrates God's freeing the Israelites from slavery under ancient Egypt as described in the second book of the Bible  [Old Testament] - Exodus.  Many Christians also celebrate Passover and a Seder.

The Seder Plate includes roasted hard boiled egg; roasted shankbone; bitter herbs-horse radish [maror - chazaret]; sweet chaorset [nuts, apple slices, cinammon]; parsley [Karpas] which is dipped in salt water; matzah; and cup of wine.
At the Passover Seder the Haggadah [Jewish book for the Passover service] is read giving the order of the Seder [which includes drinking 4 cups of wine and the four questions traditionally asked by the youngest person able at the Seder table].   After the reading of the Haggadah, the Seder service ends and the meal begins.  I love the Seder service, but I really love when the meal begins as it means here comes the Matzoh Ball soup and the rest of the great feast.

I'll take the hard matzah balls and pass the matzah farfel please  :-) 
One of the traditional songs sung at the Passover Seder is Dayenu.  This is a happy, upbeat song in praise of God for all his blessings to the Jewish people, such as taking us out of slavery, giving us the Torah, etc.  Dayenu means "It would have been enough."   In the song, every time we sing the word Dayenu, it means we are praising God and letting him know that had he only given us one of his many blessings, 'that would have been enough'.  Jews are in awe and praise of God's continuing blessings to the Jewish people.

Happy Passover to all!


Next Year in Jerusalem!
Also, to all my Christian friends I wish a Blessed Holy Week beginning this Palm Sunday. 


bradley said...

great post, another touching part of this family get together is remembering, in our own hearts, the love (and physicsal absence) of our dear cherished parents and loved ones who have departed.

Big Mike said...

Wow Thanks brother for that most important point!
I appreciate you adding that. Love you brother!