We should have known, back in 2019, that 2020 would hand us our lunch, with a bag of extra fries. And so it has. But in a way, that can only bring us closer to the dramatic events of our rooted, immutable past.
Passover is an especially gripping holiday in that sense: a season of both suspense and fulfillment. This year presents a special challenge, because so many are unable to gather in person for the traditional Seder and worship services. Zoom Seders are the order of the day. I hear of apartment buildings in Israel where people have agreed to open their doors all along their floors so they can hear each other and celebrate together. We will probably get a flock of new “singing on balcony” videos this week, as Jewish worshipers adapt to the reality of 2020.
“Why is this night different from all other nights?”
In 2020, there may be a sense in which it isn’t. Social-distancing and face masks rule, on this night as all others. Once a year – last year and next year too – matzah and bitter herbs.
But in the sweep of human history, there has still only ever been one night of Passover. The anchor of its promise has held firm for some 3,500 years.
A little selection for everyone, as we always like our music here in LU Nation. The Leonard Cohen “Halleluyah” doesn’t exactly fit in Passover tradition, but if you haven’t heard it sung in Hebrew, you haven’t heard it. This version is (in my view) more affecting than any English version I’ve heard.
Naturally, we must offer you the pick-me-up of a bouncy Dayenu.
And finally, something a little different from the Key Tov Orchestra of Chicago. This goes out to New York City, America’s hardest hit by the coronavirus, as a blessing and token of hope.
Happy Passover from Liberty Unyielding.