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 26th April, running straight into Shabbat on the 27th). If you would like to learn more about Pesach, have a look at Aish’s website or Chabad.
We’re heading out to our daughter and son-in-law (and their many children!) for the Seder, together with our younger son and a good friend – so it’s definitely not going to be a quiet Seder night! While the weather looks to be unseasonally cold and rainy, at least for the first days, we still 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 son and his family. That does not look like it will be any quieter than the first day! 😀
For your edification, here is a (very) potted history of Pesach from the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem:
For some deeper thoughts to ponder on Seder night, here is the wonderful Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on The Odd Seder Invitation:
And just a little added value for your entertainment, here is a slightly different version of the Pesach story – the Lion King Passover, as sung by the excellent Six13 band:
I would like to wish all my readers, along with all of Klal Yisrael, a chag kasher vesame’ach – a happy and Kosher Passover. May we all merit to celebrate in rebuilt Jerusalem “speedily in our days” as we say in the Seder.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher Ve’Samea’ach!