Being of a minority religion is hard. We feel this most keenly around the Christmas season, when the default greeting from grocery store clerks to neighbors is “Merry Christmas!” We might begin to feel it around this time of year, as well, as endcaps take on a more pastel hue, and when in a few weeks folks will begin to wish each other a “Happy Easter.” We see and feel the Christian holidays coming in America whereas there are no greater cultural cues when our Jewish holidays arrive.
All this is to say: we have to work for it a little harder.
Consider this your friendly reminder that Passover, arguably the most (second-most?) important holiday in the Hebrew calendar arrives on March 27th. That gives us about two weeks to get our proverbial ducks in a row. It’s not too early to start engaging with this holiday with your littles, nor is it too early to start making your plans for what will be, yet another, socially distant holiday. Last Passover was the first holiday to get a Zoom Makeover, which means it is the first holiday that we will celebrate for a second time in these Covid times. Check in with friends and family about how you can celebrate your Passover traditions in a safe and responsible way. What worked last year? What didn’t? What new traditions do you want to incorporate this year? Chances are, you are in charge of making this holiday for your family, so start dreaming…!