The CountUp!

This year, I spent Second Seder with my chevruta and his family, the Ben Yehuda’s, who have become like my second family. Two years ago, when they got to the part of the Seder when we invite Eliyahu (Elijah, the prophet) into the home, one guest asked, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if Eliyahu actually showed up this year?” Just then, they actually heard a knock at the door and went to greet the prophet and asked, “Who is it?” and immediately heard a response in a high voice, “It’s Eliyahu.” This year, I was sitting at the Seder table thinking, tonight is the first night of the counting of Sefirat HaOmer. In some years past, I would forget to start the count on the first night. If you forget the first of the 49 days, it’s a big disappointment, because …

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The Transformative Power of Pesach

Growing up, Pesach (Passover) was always a big deal– preparing our home and our meals and our spirits for the holiday to an almost obsessive degree. There are so many little details to the holiday, but once guests started to arrive and the Seder began, there was always an incredible feeling in the air, one that tends to frequent holidays that are enriched by meaning and community.  My dad was a Rabbi and Chaplain in the Navy, so we celebrated Pesach all over the world, including Japan and Italy. Whenever possible, he would invite military personnel to the Seder, as well as friends and family. My dad grew up in a kosher home and attended services, but was not fully observant until he started studying in yeshiva during his second year in Jerusalem. He also met my mom a”h and …

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