- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On April 10, 2020
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This year Passover is an experience of mindfulness.
It has been the opportunity to be present in a time when the magnetic force field of Covid 19 persistently draws our anxiety and attention to it. We must be vigilant in that regard. The virus threatens our very existence and we ignore it at our peril.
So we stay home in order to stay safe and check in on friends and relatives and hope they are safe and well. And yet, we still worry about the first responders, the medical personnel, those working to ensure the supply chain remains strong. We yearn for leaders with integrity to navigate through the shoals of this crisis.
Every act of preparation for the holiday has demanded my and our attention. We have had to be intentional with a heightened awareness. It is actually what the holiday expects of us.
In every generation, we must see ourselves as if we went forth from Egypt, the Haggadah instructs. This is not an easy task and it demands our full attention and curiosity. How do we see ourselves in the past if we are living right here, right now in the present?
We live the narrative right now, maybe even more profoundly than other years. This story lifts up courage, recognizes suffering, and points us toward redemption. Through symbols like matzah and maror, we taste, feel, hear, touch, and see with a newfound acuity.
This is the experience of mindfulness, right here, right now bringing forward from generations past into this moment, the gift of Passover.
We are here – now – in this year, with one another.
And the result is appreciation and gratitude to you and for you.
Shabbat Shalom and Hag Sameah.