What’s Wrong with this Picture?
The above picture appeared on the cover of Friday’s alon, Matzav Haruach. Anyone notice a slight problem? My husband is convinced Israelis don’t realize that the holidays are mentioned in the Torah portion of Re’eh in Devarim (Deuteronomy), as well as in Shemot (Exodus). Outside of Israel, the section from Re’eh is read in the summer and three times a year on the last day of Pesach, Shemini Atzeret, and the second day of Shavuot. In Israel it’s not read on any holiday. You can just imagine what the editor was thinking when he or she presumably “corrected” the reference.*
Rabbi Yuval Cherlow once mentioned that “people” don’t know that the holidays are mentioned in Devarim. My husband pointed out that this was not true of non-Israelis, who read the section in the synagogue on every holiday. Rabbi Cherlow replied, “But that’s an onesh (punishment).”
Pesach preparations chez Mom in Israel were low-key, although still a ton of work. A death in the family puts all those cleaning chores into perspective. Here’s what’s happening in my house today.
- My finger is bandaged, after an accident with an unfamiliar knife just before bedikat chametz (searching for leavened foods the night before the seder). My son drove me to the health fund’s after-hours clinic for a quick gluing. It hurts and typing is hard, but it was a good way to get out of washing all those vegetables.
- I’ve spent the morning desperately searching for my longest plastic tablecloth, which I use to cover the dining table when fully extended. I think I must have replaced it with one that I thought I used for something else. Don’t worry if that makes no sense—it does to me. It has to do with one of those mystical things that we women assign to different objects, especially around Pesach.
- Very little food has been cooked so far. It’s just 7 of us including one soldier son.
FourFive kilograms of beets await cooking. This was because I put in a bulk produce order and 5 kilograms was the minimum quantity. Half a kilo was dirt. I managed to pass off a kilo of beets to a neighbor.Only a few family members are fond of beets, but I have a lot of company for the last part of the holiday. I hope they enjoy them.
- I only remembered on Sunday to think about what my kids would wear on the holiday. Fortunately, with the help of my teenage daughter, we found or bought what we needed.
To my Jewish readers: I hope your Pesach preparations went smoothly. I wish you an enjoyable and meaningful seder (sedarim) and holiday.
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*The picture contains a verse about observing the month of spring and Passover, from Deuteronomy 16:1, but lists the source as Exodus instead.