It’s been nearly a week of Matzo, Matzo meal and Matzo Brei. There are recipes everywhere that I turn. It’s Pesach and soon enough I’ll be back to having bread and pizza. What is it about Matzo that is so compelling to me? Is it the bread of affliction? Is it a reminder of those harsh times thousands of years ago. Or it it the bread of liberation? The food that we ate as we traveled on our journey to liberation. Rabbi Roly and Rabbi Becka Of Bnai Jeshurun, my NYC Synagogue talked about the Matzo as a symbol linking both ends of the spectrum: bondage and freedom. Yes, it’s almost time to leave them behind. Nevertheless in this time of Covid, those matzoth are more relevant than ever.
a symbol of both ends of the spectrum
This was my first zoom wedding…we were connected in Michigan, Colorado, New York and Brussels. The joyous bride and handsome groom exchanged their vows, placed the rings on each others’ fingers, signed their wedding license and the parents gave their toasts and their deep blessings.
We go from event to event..from person to person..situation to situation. We need to pause and reflect and really notice: have I created something new today…have I moved into a new phase of my life today….have I taken on a new spiritual practice today. When we create a ritual to bookmark time we have a way to remember the paradigm shift. We have a way to look back and say to ourselves “ good job…maybe not easy.. it I did it.” Think about a ritual that you can offer yourself to mark and to honor this shift.
Was filled with dozens of volunteers like myself from all over the city. The hungry guests had be on line, for hours, across from the World Trade Center,waiting for both company and a delicious meal. This was co sponsored by the Church and the engaging Interfaith Center. This prayer was at each place setting. It was an honor to be a table host and to serve generous portions of food
I was so touched by this photo and “Tiny Love Story” in today’s New York Times. It was written and photographed by Sandra Portocarrero.
Life has so much to offer if we can get out of our own stories
Walking down the street on this hot steamy day in the city I passed this sign: an offer to clean a garment for someone who was out of work and who needed their item cleaned. So many daily acts of kindness…so many opportunities not to be complacent
Have you considered using public spaces for your ceremony? There are many beautiful places in the New York City and Long Island area. There may be budget issues or simply a love for the outdoors that may lead you to consider
“ this is exactly the right place for our ceremony”
Is hours away. We sit around the table with friends and family. As we tell the story about our liberation each of us is aware of the poignancy and depth of Passover: we were slaves and now we are free. We are free and now we have work to do! As each of us reaches out how can we help those that are enslaved? Is it volunteer work or is it makes a contribution to HIAS or a similar organization. Let’s drink our wine…stay strong…and never be discouraged