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Pesach Message from rabbi burt from jerusalem

04/14/2014 07:55:09 AM

Apr14

It's almost Pesach here, the second holiday I've celebrated in Jerusalem. (Purim was the first, with parades, kids running and laughing around the streets dressed in outrageous costumes.)
 

Now it's Passover.  It seemed obvious what Pesach in Jerusalem would be like.  And yet, as I see and experience the weeks of preparations, what is obvious is not the more than I expected pulsating, 3D, surround-sound holiday that's palpably in the air.

Passover here is a thousand people at any minute in the cavernous, maze-like open market buying the best for the Seder.  Passover here is signs all over announcing lectures on the rules and philosophies of Pesach.  And signs about services in the 400 synagogues just in the neighborhood I'm staying in.

Passover is collecting money and food for poor people on almost every corner. There is a real sense that we all need to take care of the people who don't have the money to buy all the Passover necessities.  Passover, like back home, is about people cooking for days so that this year's Seder will be the best ever.  Even the buses have Passover greetings in the electronic bus number signs.

As we can understand in a country of millions of Jews, Passover is a beautiful presence in the atmosphere of this historical city.  Of course, our Passovers back home although different are happy and wonderful times.

I wish you all, with love in my heart, that you have a beautiful, enriching Passover.

Love,

Sat, December 7 2019 9 Kislev 5780