Pesach VII

Exodus 13:17-15:26

Numbers 28:19-25

2 Samuel 22:1-51

Passover.

I love the chaos of preparation for the seder – even those last few minutes before we all sit to begin.

I love being together with old friends and family. I love having new guests join our seder who feel like they’ve been around forever.

I love sharing our family stories that are now legend. What are yours?

And the food. My husband is a great cook. I adore his matzah ball soup. How amazing it is to me that he spends hours preparing and in minutes it is devoured.

I love the symbolism of each ritual item. It is amazing to me, how every year, I can learn something new about each ritual object and find some new symbolism and relevance.

Why does Passover mean so much to us?

What brings us together year after year?

Passover continues to be one of the most celebrated festivals on the Jewish calendar.

I believe Passover’s genius is that we’ve successfully woven together our personal story with our Jewish story. We’ve got both the funny stories of our family traditions as well as the shared story of our freedom from slavery. Passover is our Jewish story, together with our personal stories.

Our sacred job is to tell these sacred narratives year after year in ways that are meaningful, relevant and spiritual.

Rabbi Allison Vann is spiritual leader of Suburban Temple-Kol Ami in Beachwood. 

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