Last year it was “Honeymoon Pesach”, with just me and my husband. This year we are sitting down 12 fully vaccinated friends and family, and plan to travel to my brother’s for the last shabbat at the end. Momentum leader, Nili Couzens, lives right near my brother and his family, and since we share grandchildren (reminder: Nili’s daughter married our son– “insider trading”), G-d willing, we will together be with even more family before Passover ends.
And…since Momentum is one big family, we are hosting at our seder the daughter of a Momentum alum who came on our 2019 “Mothers of Lone Soldiers” trip to Israel. Her daughter is finished with the army and now works with kids somewhere in Israel. At a Momentum virtual reunion, her mother said she needed a seder, so of course the Palatnik home is happy to welcome her.
Thanks to Israel being at the forefront of vaccinations, the country is opening up, and with Passover coming, the streets are filled with elated shoppers. Stores and restaurants have thrown open their doors, and the holiday spirit is everywhere. So even though I am inside cleaning and cooking in preparation, my daily outings for errands and supplies reinvigorate me and get me into the celebratory zone.
It’s time to welcome family!
With blessings for a safe, happy and as much as possible, family-filled Pesach.
P.S. Did you know Momentum has great resources for you to use at your seder table?
Download our Passover Companion and Seder Conversation Starters, that will offer enrichment to the Passover story for individuals of all ages with purposeful discussion about who we are, what we care about, and what freedom means to each one of us today.