Hag Sameach – Happy Passover

April 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Tonight is the first night of Passover. It falls right in line this year with Easter. Here in Germany today is Karfreitag and of course everything is closed as it will be on Monday — Oster Montag. That’s what you get for having no separation between church and State.

I’m going to two very different seders here. Tonight is a more “alternative” one at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg, which has become ultra trendy. It’s being put on by Keren’s Kitchen  http://kerenskitchen.com/  a vegetarian, ergo kosher, catering service.

Tomorrow it’s Passover at the Jewish Community — a seder put on by the egalitarian Oranienburger Strasse synagogue. I rather like this congregation though the rabbi, Gesa Ederberg, is not for everyone. She’s a convert to Judaism, which rubs some people the wrong way, though it’s not supposed to. I suspect this seder will be more like the ones I know from my childhood.

For any of you who are not familiar with the Jewish holiday of Passover — the story is pretty well layed out in Charlton Heston’s Ten Commandments movie. Like many Jewish holidays, it centers around a group of people who are trying to wipe out the Jews. The Jews have few resources — in this story they are slaves in Egypt — but they manage to triumph (thanks to Moses). And of course eating is a big part of the holiday, as it is with most Jewish holidays, sans, of course, Yom Kippour.

Anyway…Happy Passover — or Easter — or Spring (for the heathens among us)

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