This blog is going on semi-vacation over the next week during the Pesach (Passover) festival until after the chag (it finishes on the night of 10th April but then runs straight into Shabbat on the 11th). If you would like to learn more about Pesach, have a look at Aish’s website or Chabad.
We’ll be having a relatively quiet Seder night this year with our married kids all at the “opposition”. But we’ll be making up for that with day trips to Jerusalem and other sites around Israel, birthday parties for 2 of the grandchildren and the 2 day finale to Pesach being spent at our son and daughter-in-law … with their 5 girls. 🙂
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.
In the light of the worrying news about the nuclear deal with Iran (and as I have quoted the words below several times in this context) I thought it would be relevant to repost this beautiful song about G-d’s promise to always protect Israel and save us from our enemies who rise up against us in every generation.
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.
For those of you who do not want to think about bad news in this special festive season, here is something to get your feet dancing and your hands clapping. The Maccabeats sing Dayenu – and you’ll never think of that old Seder favourite the same way again!
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher ve’Sameach everyone!
!חג פסח כשר ושמח