April Showers And Passover Treats

Tulips flourishing on a bright sunny day and April showers leaving a rainbow strip behind, over the RFK Triboro Bridge. It is a clement time here in New York. We are all up and about. I love walking in the Central Park; it is spectacular to walk in the big, beautiful park in the middle of the city. Paths curl any which way, past lawns, sheep meadows and bridges and the boating lake and you can follow them endlessly. People stop to feed the squirrels and sparrows and walk their happy pets, some stopping to hobnob and glad-hand while others syncing their steps with the blaring music flowing from their headphones.

This week is Tax Day and looking at the city so vibrant, I feel grateful to have been a contributor to its development. Coming week we have Earth Day, yet another reason to celebrate nature and make small contribution in a way of reminder to our friends and folks by sending awesome online greetings their way.

Passover is another Jewish festival to look forward to. “The Spring Holiday” is one of the alternate names for Passover. It is marked as the celebration of freedom of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. The families enjoy meals together along with retelling the story of liberation with specific rituals, this is known as Seder.

Last year I was invited to Passover Seder. My friend follows Reform Judaism and is very open and light-hearted. He explained that this is a special time to rejoice as it is a celebration of freedom and service to God. I wished him Gut Yontif, happy holiday. He was glad to receive the gift of kosher-for-Passover-wine from me. The first step of Passover is to drink wine while blessings are recited called Kaddesh. After which hands are washed followed by many other rituals. We ate unleavened bread called Matzah, according to the Torah the Israelites ate Matzah right before they left Egypt.

I love the wine, meal, messages and conversation which flow around festivals of different cultures. All speaking in different language, the same essence of freedom, love, gratefulness and devotion. We ended the dinner and all exclaimed, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” I smiled and connected with their brotherhood and community spirit. Rituals have their own speciality in connecting the community and giving them uniqueness.

Send some special greetings of Passover to your friends and let them know that this spring festival celebrates the essence of freedom and grace of God.

Life is so joyful, if we just let the details of the moment envelop us and let all the worries of future and blemishes of past fade away in the smiling light of the NOW. Just like a painter, paint the canvas with colors of life, unpredictable and unique.

Enjoy moments the way they present themselves. Filter out the judgments, the worry and the darkness from them. Live the goodness that prevails.

 

April Showers Day!
April 22, 2016
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Passover!
April 22-30, 2016
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Tax Day!
April 15, 2016
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6 thoughts on “April Showers And Passover Treats

  1. Thank You Bob for sharing about your beliefs and it’s traditions. About two weeks ago I was reading in my Bible about the Children of Israel being led out of Egypt and
    their wilderness journey. I felt God was showing me that in the wildernesses of life that we can either stick close to Him or walk away when the going gets tough.
    The same wilderness process He used to search the hearts of Israel, God still uses today so that He can know if we will still love Him with all our heart, strength and mind.
    Have no other god but Him! Although I believe in Jesus Christ as being the Messiah of the world, I very much know that a lot of the Torah is the foundation and beginning
    of my faith, but the New Testament is a continuation of my faith that includes the wonderful love letter that God wrote to us about His Son. I have celebrated the feast of Purim and taught on it.
    I have known Messianic Jewish ministers. A lot of them also celebrated Passover and so have I in recognizing the freedom and faithfulness of God to His people, there is no other like Him.
    This morning I was listening to Paul Wilbur whose ministry is worship and the music he sings is really about Israel and the glorious presence of God. He has held a lot of worship gatherings
    directly in Israel. So great. But I appreciate your article.

  2. Hey B., Have a Happy Spring. I’ve not been to chatty of late. Too much on my plate these days. But often think of you and your friends.
    Also, I don’t do Facebook or Twitter- had bad experiences with both. In any case enjoy yur week and I look forward to the upcoming Blogs and Newsletters. thank you, with love, L.

  3. And B., There’s nothing like being in the park in New York City in spring. Thinking of you, especially when the birds sing to bring the sun is out. love, L.

  4. Hi B.,thanks for your great post for New York city in spring, you shared me nice landscape. I am happy and lucky. Hope I can read your more updates. Great!!!

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