Today is August 18, 2019 -

Happy Passover!

rob-kovach-thumbnailOn Monday evening 90% of American Jews will participate in a Passover seder.

This is a greater percentage than the percentage of Jews that light Shabbat or Chanukah candles, or travel to Israel, or have a bar mitzvah, or keep kosher, or join a synagogue, or fast on Yom Kippur, or build a sukkah, or plant trees in Israel, or attend Hebrew school, or…
More Jews sit at a seder table every year than participate in any other Jewish activity throughout the year or during a lifetime.


The seder has it all: It connects us to our history, our liturgy, our Torah, our freedom, our traditions, our friends, our family, and our food. It offers an order (seder) that is timeless, yet adaptable. We can take turns around the table reading from the Maxwell House Haggadah, or we can introduce contemporary readings comparing our bitter history of slavery to the modern oppressed. We can enjoy our great grandmothers’ cherished brisket, or perhaps spicy-baked zucchini sticks for the vegetarians.

I have three responsibilities during Passover:

1. I clean the cars.
2. I make a delicious tomato vegetable gefilte-fish soup (recipe available upon request).
3. I lead my family seder.

I start the seder the same way every year–by laying out my ground rules. The seder is a time of learning, questioning, and reminiscing. We recite and probe. I encourage participation, but I insist that we will start eating no later than 9:15 p.m.!

Chag kasher v’sameach! A zissen Pesach! A happy, kosher, and sweet Passover!

PS. We have many communal seders in the capital district this year (see below), as well as several hospitable people who are eager to host. If you are looking for a seder, please send me a return e-mail with your phone number, and I will be happy to connect you with a place to celebrate the holiday.

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