Sunday, March 31, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Our Pesach Seders, 5773
I would say that our Passover Seders this year were uneventful, EXCEPT ...
Except that EVERY Passover seder that is, was or ever will be is a major league, big time event. This is true of the 30+ guests my mother-in-law used to have each night, back when she still was up to doing it (and of course I was tasked with moving and setting up the furniture, etc.). And it is true of the little seder, just me and my wife, the first night (we had another couple over the second night).
The story of our redemption from slavery in Egypt is a key event in world history, to be told over and over again each year from the older generation to the younger generation. G-d commanded us to tell and retell the story, and to remember it all the days or our lives (which, as the Rabbis of the Talmud explained, means night-time and day-time alike). If there are no children, then we read the Haggadah to one another. And, if one finds himself or herself alone for the seder night, then one reads it aloud to oneself.
Maybe one of these years we will do a seder with more guests (including a few who have not yet heard all of my seder jokes, clean and otherwise -- after almost 30 years, my wife already knows them so they are not that fun to tell anymore). But until then, the twosome seder will just have to do.
But whether a twosome, a solo, or a rent some tables and chairs production, EVERY Pesach seder is a big time affair and a noteworthy event.
And, as we say at the very end of each seder:
L'Shana HaBaah B'Yerushalayim! Next Year in the Holy City of Jerusalem!
Monday, March 25, 2013
Chag Sameach Pesach, 5773
Nothing fancy planned, but my wife and I, individually and collectively, are looking forward to some time away from the demands of our respective professions. Obviously, I have been quite busy with my usual holiday preparations, including going up into the attic to get the Pesach dishes; my wife has likewise been very preoccupied with the rearrangement of the kitchen, cooking and setting the table. Even when we keep it simple it is very involved.
But we enjoy it.
And we will have a few guests.
I have nothing profound to post which has not been expressed by others elsewhere. I have lots of papers to grade, and a few deadlines coming up. And so, I will wish all a Chag Sameach Pesach, and L'Shanah HaBaah B'Yerushalayim -- A happy Passover festival, and Next Year in the Holy City of Jerusalem!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Doing the Drill with Gun Control:
Monday, March 11, 2013
Annotating Serrano the Sycophant
The publication City & State is not noted for being too far to the right on the political spectrum (and in fact, it was introduced to me by a liberal Democrat, Henry J. Stern, who had served as a New York City Councilman and as the NYC Parks Commissioner).
But City & State often is able to rise above politics and call things as they are. Accordingly, the leftward slant of many associated with C & S is largely irrelevant.
Congressman Jose Serrano, on the other hand, is a fawning, sycophant "Hate America First" dhimmi who was so quick to kiss the toochas on Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez's dead body with a press release praising Chavez's supposed good works. City & State has annotated Serrano's press release.
Here it is.