Dear congregants and friends,
We are in the season of redemption, coming from Purim and going to Pesach—aka Passover. These are supposed to be the most enriching times in Judaism, a month bookended by holidays of redemption, the source of much happiness, and searing childhood memories for many of us.
The revelry of Purim, the costumes, the fun, and the community-like atmosphere are something that many of us grew up with and that we still take much pleasure in. And, thankfully, we were able to join up in person this year for that special holiday, after not being able to last year (Purim was also the last holiday we did celebrate as a community in person before Covid-19 reared its ugly head in 2020). The bourbon flowed, the jokes were made, and the fun was had. Purim was as it should be.
And Passover, well, we all know the power of Passover. If there’s any holiday that Jews the world over celebrate, Passover is it. It has everything in it. Intellectual stimulation, spiritual guidance, good storytelling, and good food with a leavenless twist. My wish and prayer is that Passover of 2022 should be meaningful and, well, normal--just like in the past before 2020, when we actually spent time together without having to think about how many people were in our home for the Seder, who was vaccinated, and before we knew of Zoom.
And, yet, despite the mood and spirit of redemption, we still don’t fully feel like we are in a redemptive mode.
Covid-19 seems to be leaving us, but we still need to remain vigilant. And the war that I wrote about here in the last issue of the Scoop—which was just beginning then—is still raging, with Russia and its megalomaniac leader still attempting to pummel Ukraine and its people into submission. Now the threat of chemical and nuclear weapons is being thrown around, and we can only hope that this will end sooner than we think it will, and the world nations will figure out a way to end this.
In other words, the world needs a big redemption, and this is the time for it to happen.
Let us hope that by the time next month’s Scoop comes around, the world will be in a much better place, and let us all hope that the redemptive spirit of Pesach is an inspiration to the world at large.
This year, let it be the people of Ukraine who have redemption—and let there be peace on earth.
I look forward to seeing you in person on Passover, as well as every Shabbat.
Wishing you and your family a very happy Passover.