Spring is here–and so are the ups and downs of March weather! Despite a close call with snow this week, I love spring for a variety of reasons. With its arrival comes a sense of renewal, the start of warmer weather, and the return of baseball to name a few. The start of spring also means my favorite Jewish holiday is approaching. To me, Passover has it all: family and friends coming together, storytelling, history, and of course, the festive meal!
Some of my most vivid memories come from the Seder table. When I was a child, I was given “The Animated Haggadah,” which uses claymation to tell the story of Passover. It’s something I love to this day. Not only because I still find it entertaining, but because it’s what we use with our daughters and it easily keeps their attention throughout the Seder. This haggadah serves as a bridge from the past to the present. Just as my sisters and I read the Four Questions from that copy, so does my daughter. And this year marks a milestone in our house, as the asking of the Four Questions gets passed down from our oldest daughter to our youngest.
One of the most valuable lessons that we stress during Passover is the idea of Elijah and opening the Seder to all who wish to be a part of it. That quintessential line: “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” It’s likely these words will be on the minds of many of us at our Passover Seders. It’s a powerful notion that is ripe for interpretation. Maybe you leave an empty seat at the table, or invite a stranger to join your feast, or maybe you plan to discuss one of the many issues facing our society today: homelessness, food insecurity, immigration, equity, or inclusion. Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday because I’m reminded every year that its significance goes well beyond the history of our people and the ritual of the meal.
Wishing you a peaceful Shabbat and a happy Passover.
Hag Pesach Sameach!
Adam Greenman, President & CEO