Chag Kasher Vesame’ach – Happy Pesach

Chag Same’ach! The Seder plate, Matza, wine and the Hagaddah

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

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6 Responses to Chag Kasher Vesame’ach – Happy Pesach

  1. חג פסח שמח
    I am always moved when I hear והיא שעמדה especially at this time when our enemies rejoice and threaten us.

  2. Pete says:

    Anne – WISHING you and everyone in Israel a very happy Passover.

    I was thinking about a comment on your blog yesterday, after the announcement of the Iran Nuclear Deal. It is indeed possible that this particular Passover might be a very special one, because it happens at a time when Israel is at peace. And for that reason, this season may be an especially joyful memory for all Israelis. I certainly hope so.

    I would like to hope that the Iranians honor the nuclear deal – which means that they honor the spirit of the agreement, and not just the black-and-white letters (is this agreement spelled out … in ironclad words anywhere???). But if that does not happen, then the world may see conflict again. The ME has had a tenuous peace for quite a long time now. I can’t escape the feeling that the years 2015-2016 will be tumultuous in the world, both for economic reasons and for political ones.

    Therefore, I wish you a VERY HAPPY Passover.

    And YES, God is with you!!

    Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      Thanks for your good wishes Pete.

      I agree that these are tumultuous time. I also have almost zero expectation that the Iranians will keep to the deal, or any deal really, unless they are threatened with more sanctions.

  3. Reality says:

    May G-d continue to keep His promise to us & wipe out our enemies. The videos were wonderful,thank you. After having a fantastic seder I wish everyone a Happy Pesach ,& let’s enjoy this week without having to focus on the problems of the world. We all need a break for a while.
    Happy Pesach everyone

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