Passover and Staying at Home

With our new situation, staying at home to protect ourselves and our communities from the coronavirus, we are also having to face a new way of celebrating Passover. My thoughts went back to 11 years ago, when I was recovering from neurosurgery during this season. When the night of the Seder arrived, I was not feeling well enough to join my family to attend Seder in Seattle. So I stayed home, and it was OK.

The key to this Passover is to be generous with ourselves, recognizing that the Passover we may have planned this year is not going to be bad or worse, just different. When we are limited to who we can include physically, but unlimited who we can include virtually, we may be planning a Passover that is both more intimate and more expansive than we’ve ever had before. This is a time for creativity and exploration.

I presented a workshop for my congregation, and we had a thoughtful and lively discussion. We are all making this up as we go together! The powerpoint I used (with more links within) is below:

Chag sameach!

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I am a Rabbi, serving the Jewish community of Olympia, Washington and the surrounding area.

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