Tomorrow we'll serve up our Maror, our Haroset, the shank bone, matzoh, parsley, bitter herbs, and roasted egg. We'll eat matzoh balls and chicken soup, potato pancakes, eggs, unleavened bread, and who knows what else. Tomorrow we'll simultaneously celebrate the Jews' Exodus from Egypt and the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples. It's not truly Passover, and not truly The Last Supper, and still it is a learning, an education, a growing together in friendship.
"So we are called to do both -- to serve and to savor -- not at the same time, perhaps, because that may not be possible, but each in turn at the appropriate time. Which is another way of saying that one's life depends on being inconsistent in the way all who both breath in and breath out are inconsistent.In the package with the Seder plate, I also received a hamsa, on which is inscribed the Tefilat HaDerech or traveller's prayer. The front has a Star of David with a central deep blue jewel, and the back has the prayer in Hebrew script. Luckily it's very clear Hebrew script, and I was able to go look up common prayers inscribed on hamsas, which led me to find the Tefilat HaDerech in both English, Hebrew, and transliterated Hebrew. Yay me!
"O God, help me both to serve and to savor -- and to know which I am called to do at this time. Amen." -- Martin B. Copenhaver