Monday, April 14, 2014

Thinking about Passover

For our Jewish neighbors, Passover begins this week…  A new telling of the story of the Exodus (written for The New American Hagaddah, by Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander) reminds us that, in celebrating the Passover, “In every generation, a person is obligated to view himself as if he were the one who went out of Egypt.”  How do we get our minds in that place, that mindset where Jesus may have been as he celebrated his Last Supper with the disciples?  Perhaps, New Yorker writer Sasha Weiss suggests, through poetry and prayer and the poetry of prayer, beginning like this:

Sanctify and Wash
And tell

Be Washed
And Bless
The Poor Man’s Bread

And Set Down to Eat

Hide It
And Bless

Praise It
Be pleased

To read Weiss’s article about The New American Haggadah, click here.

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