What a couple of weeks!
Our grandson, Danny, had his Bar Mitzvah Ceremony February 23rd, then we went right in Purim. It was a wonderful few days with family, friends, celebration, joy, and some tears. I was very proud of myself that I only cried, a little, twice during the ceremony. Once when talking to Danny and the guests while giving him his certificate, then when I blessed him. So, I did OK!
Then of course, as Purim is approaching, many of us start thinking about Passover, then when Purim is over, we REALLY start thinking about Passover. Now, we are really into planning Passover and doing some cleaning at the same time. We will have our annual second night seder with plenty of family, friends, and acquaintances.
At the schools that I teach at the music goes anywhere from Frogs to Debbie Friedman’s “Journey Song.” I have an awesome board book called “Dayenu” by Miriam Latimer that can be sung to the original melody and my 15 month olds today started singing the “Da” from the chorus! What a way to start the week! That certainly put a smile on my face. And, when my two year olds left me Friday, they were singing it down the school halls going back to class. How beautiful!
Today I wanted to teach my middle school and high schoolers the Journey Song, and posed the question, “What are the Seder Nights Suppose to be?” “What are they all about?” What a discussion we had in both classes about the Seders! We spoke about experiencing our lives as slaves and getting to the Promise Land, we spoke about food and how we wait to eat the meal just like the slaves most probably had to wait for food, we spoke about how we use our five senses to experience what our ancestors went through and so much more. Then of course we sang the song. Upon finishing we spoke about the lyrics, how our lives are journeys and how the answers change every hour, every day, every year. What a deep song Debbie wrote.
Yesterday I did the music for a Women’s Seder at Temple Beth Torah in Tamarac. We sang that song, and I was looking around the room asking myself about all the different journeys each of the 40 women have been on and are going on right now. It was such an awesome experience from the beginning to the end.
As those of us who celebrate Passover prepare, think about our Journey; where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. The Journey never ends.