Temple sets second virtual Passover seder for Saturday, March 27. Next year in Terre Haute!

By Betsy Frank

Betsy Frank is UHC para-rabbinic fellow and president.

As the old saying goes, “Love is lovelier the second time around.”

However, a virtual Seder is not necessarily lovelier the second time around. Alas, one more time with feeling, we will be holding our second consecutive remote Passover celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Student Rabbi Caitlin Brazner will officiate the seder. Have your karpas, moror, eggs, saltwater, charoses, wine and matzo ready to go!

It won’t necessarily be lovelier but we will be together with our community, and that is what matters.

Student Rabbi Caitlin Brazner will officiate the event. And like last year, we will perform the ceremonial parts of the Seder online before individuals and families enjoy their own main meals.

Have your karpas, moror, eggs, saltwater, charoses, wine and matzo ready to go!

The pandemic has inspired a new appreciation for Pesach

On Passover, we remember what it took for the Israelites to earn their freedom from Egypt and Pharoah. This year, our seder will re-tell this story while we express true hope the pandemic that has kept us from gathering in our Temple will finally subside.

Many of us elders have already obtained our COVID-19 vaccines and the rest of our families and friends should be vaccinated by summer’s end or the High Holidays at latest. That means freedom from social isolation restrictions is on the horizon.

Passover truly reminds us that freedom is a precious gift. This past year we have recognized that when circumstances take away our freedom of mobility, our whole world is upended.

Yes, masks may still be required but we will be able to gather again in person.

Passover truly reminds us that freedom is a precious gift. This past year we have recognized that when circumstances take away our freedom of mobility, our whole world is upended.

But when freedom comes again, we shall celebrate!

Meanwhile, we can still celebrate the freedom granted the Israelites long ago that established the foundation of our Jewish journey.

Shalom,

Betsy Frank

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