Monday, March 29, 2010

Pesach (Passover) 2010, Seminole, OK

The celebration of Pesach or Passover as it's called in English is the harbinger of Spring and the first of the Biblical Spring feasts.  This is a family oriented feast with the focus on remembering the events of the Book of Exodus.  We tell the story to our children as if we were there and had taken part in them.  As we don't have any children living with us, we told the story to each other.

We had to prepare for this feast by removing all of the leaven from our "Nest".  This led to a flurry of breadmaking during the weeks prior.  This teaches us about removing leaven or "sin" from our lives.  As the search for leaven shows clearly, sin is often hidden from our sight and must be sought for carefully.  DannyLee and I went through all of our cabinets and food storage areas carefully to clear all of the leaven from them.  It was a fun time for both of us.

The next day begins the second of the Biblical feasts called Unleavened Bread.  This feast lasts for seven days and during those seven days only unleavened bread or matzoh is eaten.  This reminds us of the first seven days of the Exodus when our people did not have time during their travels for the bread to rise.  Matzoh's not so bad with a little butter or even made into pizza.  We love thin crust pizza the best anyway.

We are trying to live by a lunar calendar as we pursue a Hebrew life defined by Torah.  This often places our holy days and Shabbats out of sync with those that follow other calendars.  We don't mind as this year we got to celebrate Pesach twice, once at home with a private celebration and then again two days later with a larger group.  

This year we ate goat meat instead of lamb.  It was our first time and it was very tasty.  We also got to make lots of new friends as we joined with Mike Clayton and his extended family in Seminole, OK.  He and his family worked hard to make this event as real and meaningful as possible to everyone.  It's not every day that one gets to hear the story of the Exodus right from the mouth of "Moses and Aaron".  We were very blessed!

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