April 23, 2016

Happy Passover 2016

Happy Passover 2016

This year has been a whirl—between last Passover and this one we added a third dog, sold our condo, bought a house, I released my new novel Stinger and Bow, and I just released a new album World Spins this week. But holidays make a good time to stop and smell the roses, so I’m taking a moment for my traditional Passover blog.

Next year, hopefully our puppy and our house will be ready for company, so we’ll have our Passover Seder at our house. This year, however, we’re going down to my mom’s place for a Seder there. We are, however, bringing both the “Merton Haggadah”—the Haggadah that Michelle and I created—and a hazelnut torte like the amazing nut torte our grandmother used to make when I was a kid. So as ever, I’m looking forward to it!

And as for some deeper thoughts about the Seder, I always refer back to my blog post from 2011. For those who don’t know what a Seder is, here’s one paragraph from that blog:

Seders are all different. Some have very religious, traditional Seders that take hours. Others have very modern Seders, putting freedom into a completely different context than the original Exodus tale. Some use an ancient Haggadah (Seder texts). Others a very modern one. We, for example, have made our own Haggadah, to reflect who we are as people, and as Jews. It’s far more universal, English, and shorter than traditional Haggadot, and yet all the essentials are still there, tying us to a tradition thousands of years old, binding Jews (and their non-Jewish friends) in a ceremony that dates back to before the time of Christ (and indeed, I believe that his last supper was said to be the Seder meal).

Happy Passover to my fellow Jews, happy Friday to everyone else,  and never forget to appreciate everything that we have, even when sometimes its hard to focus on anything past what we’re missing.