(Originally published on Instagram)
Passover feast for one.
A sore throat has led me to cancel my third night Seder, which was to be my only Seder this year. I’m sad and disappointed and determined to taste Passover anyway. I didn’t have the energy to make the artichokes just for myself today so I’m subbing in zucchini and onions for karpas. There’s a paschal yam, matza slathered in both charoset and maror, (not very) bitter lettuce, salted beitzah, Gefilte fish, homemade soup , a macaroon, fruit jellies and Manischevitz wine.
My loose plan for off-book Seder content was to explore the symbolism of all the Seder plate items and then personalize the theme of the story of moving from Mitzrayim (usually translated as Egypt but literally the narrow/stuck place) to the expanse of the Midbar (wilderness, literally “place of speaking”.)
These questions I offered my guests to ponder in preparation, I now offer for all of us:
- where have you been feeling stuckness or narrowness or bondage (puns welcome) in the past year (or to use a birthing metaphor for the Exodus experience, what/how have you been gestating)?
- where have you felt expansiveness or what expansiveness are you moving towards/ what are you birthing/ what version of you or parts of you are being birthed?
- what remnants or reminders or patterns or you allowing to leave behind to allow you to move forward freely?
-what is your dream/vision that you’re moving/evolving towards?
Feel free to comment or reply to me with any answers you’d like to share.
And I offer this blessing, too:
L’shana ha’ba’ah b’yachad. Next year, together.
p.s. for those who like me, are having “unseders” this year and have some thought that this is diluted Judaism. I offer instead that for me, this is distilled Judaism.
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