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  29th April but then runs straight into Shabbat on the 30th). If you would like to learn more about Pesach, have a look at Aish’s website or Chabad.

We’re heading out to our son and daughter-in-law (and their 6 (!) daughters) for the Seder, together with our younger daughter and son-in-law plus our younger son – so it’s definitely not going to be a quiet Seder night this year!  With the weather looking fabulously sunny and summery for the entire week we hope to go on day trips to Jerusalem and other sites around Israel during the intermediate Chol Hamo’ed days.  And then the 2 day finale to Pesach will be spent at our older daughter and her family. That does not look like it will be any quieter than the first day! 😀

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.

As I have done in previous years, with the latest news being no better than in past years, I’m going to repost this beautiful rendering of the famous song from the Seder, which tells us 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 something more upbeat, and yet with the same timeless message, here is another Seder favourite, Chad Gadya – One Little Kid. It reads like a children’s nursery rhyme, and may very well have been included in the seder in order to keep the children’s attention. And yet it also retells the history of the Jews in metaphor. Each time a tyrant arose, another one arrived and beat the first villain. And always the Jews are at their mercy until Hashem Himself comes to the rescue.

You can read the lyrics – Aramaic original, plus Hebrew and English translations, here.

There are so many versions of this song, and the following is not one that I was familiar with, but I really enjoyed this rendering. I love the way the cantor belts out the song with seemingly no effort!

Before I sign off, here are a couple of Jewish in-jokes to give you a chuckle:

May we all have a very happy, joyous, safe and secure Pesach, and may we merit to celebrate next year in Jerusalem in the rebuilt Bet Hamikdash (Temple), Amen.

Wishing Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher ve’Sameach everyone!

!חג פסח כשר ושמח

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4 Responses to Chag Kasher Vesame’ach – Happy Pesach!

  1. Elise Ronan says:

    A Happy Passover to you and yours.

  2. Brian Goldfarb says:

    I’ve made the comment here before, I think, but it bears repeating: with reference to the song at the beginning of the article, Amos Oz and his daughter Fania Oz-Sulzberger co-wrote a book a few years back entitled “Jews and Words” (I mentioned it in one of my “UK Jewish Book Week” articles). I noted that there were two comments that particularly caught my eye. The first was their claim that “Ours (Jews) is not a bloodline, but a text-line”, that is, we truly are “The People of the Book”, and that is what holds us together across the world in our different parts of the Diaspora and with Israel.

    The second, and this really resonates at this time of year and with that song, is their argument that so many Jewish festivals can be summarised as “they tried to kill us, they failed; let’s eat!”.

    Chag Sameach, whether you are Jewish or not, practising or not.

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