What is Pesach / Passover:
Passover is a celebration of spring, of birth and rebirth, of a journey from slavery to freedom, and of taking responsibility for yourself, the community, and the world. … The Torah states that Jews are to observe Passover for seven days, beginning on the 15th of the Jewish month Nisan (usually in April).
During Passover, followers of the Jewish faith are forbidden to eat, drink, or own chametz or (chometz) – food that is made from grain (barley, oats, rye, spelt, or wheat) and water and has been allowed to rise. … They are then purchased back after the end of Passover. This lasts for a week!
The English word “Passover” is a translation of the holiday’s name in Hebrew, Pesach, which means to “skip,” “omit,” or “pass over”. Traditionally the name is believed to have originated with God “passing over” the homes of the Jews when he was killing the firstborn sons of Egypt.
TO my Jewish Family, Friends & Colleagues: This Pesach in COVID-19 Isolation – May your seder or non-seder be meaningful, as we are less apt to embrace mere symbolism of that which reminds us of our 40 year flight to freedom through the desert, as we live that very quest in actual time and experience.
TO: my non-Jewish Family, Friends & Colleagues: May you remember these nights, henceforth, as different and find meaning accordingly, and join our annual seders in commemoration of all who were killed by the COVID-19 enemy, this season.
TO ALL of us together, in unity, may we find ongoing meaning for a future where we find freedom out of our quest for justice which must emerge from this murderous turmoil. There is no freedom until there is justice and justice demands equality and human rights for all, without exception, most notably the eradication of corporate control, white supremacy, medical inequality, racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, homo/trans/xen/ophobia and our current abuse of mother Earth.
TONIGHT: May Hashem passover every home in a manner that brings our tough lessons to equal fruition -with the miracle of healing and survival for all – freedom – equality – justice – and may all who have been so tragically killed, be of blessed memory
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