Passover 2008 recap

May 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment


Pre-Passover: I was debating how I would spend the first and last days and after my parents informed me that all my siblings would be coming home for the first days, I didn’t have the heart to disappoint my parents and not come home, even though I knew that there would be a whole slew of complications. A little background: there are a whole slew of rules for Passover regarding what kind of foods one should eat, how one should prepare the home for Passover, etc. This is why people go on vacation during Passover.

As some of you may know, I am more observant than my immediate family. This is why there are a set of cookware and dishes reserved for when I’m home, my parents make sure there is kosher meat in the house, the oven has to be kashered as well (thank g-d there is a self-cleaning oven), etc. But for Passover, the rules are so much more complicated when it comes to eating in a non-kosher kitchen. I really wanted to avoid the whole dilemma but that wasn’t meant to be.

First days: I had to share my seder with the National Basketball Association. The 1st game of the Phoenix Suns/San Antonio Spurs series was underway and the men in my family are major sports fans; soccer, tennis, and basketball are the favorites. So back to the seder, we had family friends over as well and it was very chaotic. It was great to catch up with everyone and of course it was a joy to see my nephews, Big Peanut had alot of fun singing Mah Nishtana and finding the afikomen. I could have done without the distraction of Shaquille O’Neal and Tony Parker, next year there better be no NBA games on seder nights ; )

My family does not have a second seder, instead of two days in the beginning and end of the holiday, there is one day. I went to my best friend’s place for the 2nd night. I had lunches with one of the rabbis from my hometown shul. Overall, it was extremely relaxing; I took lots of naps, so much that my dad asked whether I slept more than the family dog.

During the middle days, I worked and the last days were spent in the city with Bill and his family. After the end of the holiday, Bill and I had grilled cheese sandwiches. I was very stressed out with deciding what to do for Passover and by the time the holiday came around I was so wiped out. I was not into the spirit of the holiday as much as I should have been, and I wish I didn’t let little things get to me so much. Hopefully next year will be better.


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  1. Little things?! Your commmitment to Judaism and your family is awe-inspiring!

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