And so, it is Pesach
This year has gone by in such a blur, that I almost can’t believe Pesach is here again.
What? So soon??!
How did that happen?
On the one hand, I’m so looking forward to having a week off from cleaning and writing and just plain thinking; but on the other hand, I’m kind of feeling a bit lost in the chag this year.
In the past, I feel that I’ve prepared much more for the holiday than I have this year.
There were years that I cleaned more (much more); years where I listened to more classes about leaving Egypt, and all that stuff. Years where I had lots of guests for seder (or even, some guests for seder).
Last year, I came into Pesach so finished that all my super-machmir habits kind of got smashed, and it’s interesting to see that my lack of oomph is continuing 12 months later, albeit in a much gentler and less dramatic way.
I just don’t really have energy for Pesach at the moment, it seems.
Not the cleaning, not the cooking, not the spiritual preparation, nothing.
On Shabbat, Rav Arush told the yeshiva to try and get everything done by Thursday afternoon, so that we’d have the energy to actually enjoy the seder a little bit, and to grab hold of some of the spiritual light that comes down on that most special of nights.
So now, I’m trying to get it all there, wherever ‘there’ actually is, by Thursday. But the idea that I’m somehow going to get filled up with light this Seder night seems quite bizarre to me, if I’m honest.
A few weeks’ ago, I realized that at least for me, ‘Egypt’ is my bad middot and negative character traits. Am I really going to be able to kick free of them once and for all, on Seder night?
Am I really going to get redeemed from the endless rush that seems to be my life, and everyone else’s?
Am I – and everyone else that I know – really going to finally accept the idea that there is more to life than the relentless chase after money?
You know, I have a few friends that I’ve known for ages and ages who I haven’t seen smile, properly, in about five years. Is that going to change, this Seder night? Are all the sad, stressed, lonely, lost people out there finally going to get redeemed, and start enjoying their lives the way God intended?
I SO hope so.
But, I’ve hoped for these things, and more, in years’ past, too.
Why is this seder night going to be any different from usual?
Ma nishtana, ha lila hazeh?
I guess I’ll have to wait for God to show me.