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Good Yontif, everybody!

Passover is my favorite holiday -- I always want to share the love after the singing (and yeah, the wine). The flourless chocolate cake was fabulous, and Bubbe found some great kosher wine. *Dry*, believe it or not. The kids have so much fun with the silly songs, and it reminds me of Christmas mornings growing up, for some unknown reason.

This is the one holiday of the year in which I don't feel truly bizarre, being the Catholic mother of two Jewish boys, living in a Jewish household and keeping my rather odd set of religious beliefs to myself for the most part. The songs and the fellowship and the communal feelings the seders bring about just feel good. I feel, unlike at Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur or even Hannukah, as if I belong.

It's odd.

I've long since cast out all of the public trappings of my childhood religion in the hopes of providing my boys with some kind of a consistent ethical system from which to develop their own beliefs about life and goodness and the universe, but some of the more intimate things about having grown up in an Irish/Italian Catholic family stay with me. I can't help noticing how much matzah reminds me of Eucharist hosts, and how the Hebrew blessings translate into English much the same as the Latin ones. And I feel a little odd reading the passages from the Haggadah that speak of "we Jews". Maybe the most jarring experience during seders is that I never fail to think of "The Last Supper", and remember my first taste of horseradish as a 10 year old attending a reenactment on Holy Thursday at St. Joseph's church in Mayfield.

Perhaps that's exactly why I feel the most affinity for Passover. There's nothing in Rosh Hashanah to compare. Hannukah is nothing like Christmas. And Yom Kippur...well, that's just one big long Confession, now isn't it?

Next year in Israel, everybody! Y'all try out that chocolate cake.


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Apr. 17th, 2003 09:41 pm (UTC)
Good yontif, happy Pesach!

Was that right? Anyway, I am glad you enjoyed the holiday, and I wish you and your family the best.
Apr. 17th, 2003 10:15 pm (UTC)
Nice warm and fuzzy thoughts to bed down on. Nighters, Chris.

Apr. 17th, 2003 10:34 pm (UTC)
Happy Pesach.

Next year in Jerusalem!
Apr. 18th, 2003 06:42 am (UTC)
Love shared right back, Chris!
Apr. 18th, 2003 12:30 pm (UTC)
When I was growing up, Passover and all religious holidays were torture. Temple, seders, ceremonies...I could think of a hundred things I'd rather be doing.

But a few years ago, my best friend's girlfriend (who was also jewish) decided to hold a proper seder. I was amazed at how much fun it was! Not everyone there was jewish, so it was a learning experience for some. We all participated and I felt such a sense of community. It was at that dinner that I understood why some people always celebrate holidays and attend temple/church.

So, Happy Passover, Chris! May you enjoy every single one.

Oh, and PS - If you ever want a recipe for a fantastic brisket let me know. That was my dish the first year we held the seder and people have asked for it every year thereafter. What's ironic is that the recipe comes from my Southern Baptist mother!
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