With first Seder so soon (Friday, 4/15, 7:41pm candle lighting suggested by our ancestors and contemporaries), I write to you to plead to your ability to decide to be done, even when you might not feel complete. Feeling complete can be an act of spiritual resistance when outside forces are saying “no, you’re not done, do more!” This practice of feeling complete can be a first act of liberation when there are pressures and external asks of us and our time - particularly inside Christian Hegemony that may not even acknowledge that Passover exists, matters, or is indeed as soon as it is.
To quote one of my favorite Sean Astin quotes (you know I’m an 80s movie nerd, right?): “Come on, guys, this is our [season].”
Passover is our time. It is ours. And to invite Mary Oliver in, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious [Passover]?
Whatever you do, may it be on your time, your terms, aligned with the precious life that you and we are all trying to live. Even in these time. Because of these time.
This Passover, may we all live according to the of the greatest toasts of the Jewish people: L’chayim - to life. May we get to choose life and may we have life chosen for us, and may we savor it.
To your liberation (and mine),
PS- As Nisan marks the new year of kings as well as festivals, may Zelensky find renewal and resistance to war everywhere be rejuvenated.