It makes all the difference in the world!
Passover is usually a time for families to get together. Share a meal around the Seder table with pomp and circumstance.
This year is different.
Covid-19 has changed the way we congregate and worship. The clergy and staff at our synagogue have gone above and beyond in an effort to keep us connected and feeling part of a cohesive community. Shabbat services are held as Facebook live events. Havdalah is now a thing which many of us know of, but now have an opportunity to participate weekly. Classes and committee meetings via zoom.
But it’s not the same and who knows if it ever will be again.
Preparing for Passover this year has taken on a much different look and feel than in past years. But I’m looking forward to the ritual of cleaning, purging the house of chametz, and setting the seder table. The thought gives me a sense of normalcy that is missing right about now.
But, we won’t have the large family gathering we had planned. Parents will be staying home (they don’t like to be referred to as elderly but…) Kids and grandkid are staying put in the mid-west. Nephew who we had planned to invite is staying put in Philly. Daughter may still join us but we’ll see what next week brings.
We are planning to participate in a first night seder led by our Rabbi. Second night we will hold quietly with family joining either by FaceTime or Duo. Or both. I envision a line of devices set up at the end of the table connecting us together.
This year Passover will be different.
Stay well. Stay safe. Next year in Jerusalem.