As is my custom at this time of year, I like to reflect on the meaning of Passover.
For me, Passover reflects the concept of freedom, and what it takes to maintain it. As a member of a religion that is often misunderstood, disrespected, and discriminated against, I think of what it takes to fight to gain acceptance.
As an individual who is not discriminated against for my religion, I give thanks for how lucky I am… and how I feel obligated to give help to others who are not so fortunate.
As a social creature, I have to accept that this year it’s going to be a small seder. Erev Pesach (the first night of Passover) falls on a Monday night this year. which means that many of those who might otherwise attend cannot make it. It will fall on a Monday night in 2011 as well. But it will be on a Friday night in 2012; according to some, it will be the last seder, so it’s nice it has the potential for being a larger one.
As the cook, it’s nice that fewer people means fewer dishes to prepare.
To all who are out there, no matter what your faith, status, or privilege, I hope you find ways and reasons to celebrate your freedom.