This blog is going to continue its semi-vacation over the next week during the Pesach (Passover) festival. I probably won’t blog in any serious fashion (unless there’s a major news event) until after the chag (it finishes on 1st April). If you would like to learn more about Pesach, have a look at Aish’s website or Chabad.
I would like to wish all my readers, along with all of Klal Yisrael, a chag kasher vesameach – a happy and Kosher Passover. May we all merit to celebrate in rebuilt Jerusalem “speedily in our days” as we say in the Seder.
For your added festive enjoyment, here’s a video which I may very well have posted before, of Yaakov Shweky and Yonatan Razel singing Vehi She’amda, one of the songs from the Hagaddah (Seder service). This tune is a very recent one, not one that we usually sing at the Seder, but it is utterly beautiful.
Here are the words in Hebrew:
והיא שעמדה לאבותינו ולנו
שלא אחד בלבד עמד עלינו לכלותנו
אלא שבכל דור ודור עומדים עלינו לכלותנו
והקדוש ברוך הוא מצילנו מידם
And in English:
And this (G-d’s promise) is what stood by our forefathers and us,
for not only one person stood against us to destroy us;
but in every generation they stand against us to destroy us,
and the Holy One Blessed be He saves us from their hand.
The words are as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago when they were written.
חג כשר ושמח!
לשנה הבאה בירושלים הבנויה