7 April 2023

Published April 5, 2023 by rochellewisoff

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To many this is Holy Week. Not only is the Christian celebration of the Resurrection coming up this Sunday, the Jewish observance of Passover begins Wednesday night at sundown. Here’s my own little glimpse into what one family scene might have been like.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


            Before Yosi could open the door, his mother whisked him into her arms. “No, my son! The Angel of Death lurks out there!”

           Dafna sat him on the floor beside the infant who slumbered in her basket. “Watch your sister while I prepare for our journey.”

            “Where are we going? Why is this night so different?”

            “So many questions, Yosi, my firstborn.” Oriel dripped lamb’s blood on the doorpost. “Someday you’ll understand and teach your own children.”


            Forty years later, Yosi prepared the Passover in the Promised Land.

            “Abba,” Yosi’s son asked, “Why is this night different from all others?”  

*From Generation to Generation

Although not reflected in the following video, the questions mentioned are preceded by the youngest child at the seder asking, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” TRADITION!

And just for fun…

66 comments on “7 April 2023

  • hi Rochelle,

    Interesting that this month brings in Spring and many celebrations depending on your faith.
    I enjoyed your family gathering.
    I may not take part this week as I have pressing family matters, my grandchild is calling me. So demanding these little ones, but I relish the moments as they will quickly grow out of their infant world into busy little children.

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    • Dear James,

      It’s only right that Passover and Easter should coincide. Jesus was at a Passover seder known as the Last Supper. 😉
      When grandchildren call you must respond. I understand. You’ll be missed.
      Thank you.



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      • Absolutely fitting that they should coincide.
        I remember realising as a child that one elderly Christian relative found it very hard to compute in his Christian brain that Jesus was Jewish (he was rather easy to tease with not very thorny theological questions!) and I was once told when teaching Religious Education to nine year olds that Jesus was English, surely!
        Enjoyed your story and who doesn’t like a sea shanty!


  • Tradition! OK, I will be singing that song all day now 😉 I liked your story about passing those traditions on over the generations and millennia.
    Great song. I love the Gilligan’s Island theme making its appearance… The informative video was also nice, if pretty brief – As an outsider I always thought that last plague was a very important part, even lending its name to the entire celebration (it plays a big part of your story), but if it was mentioned in the video, I missed it.

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    • Dear Trent,

      You’re an astute man, my friend. I hadn’t paid attention to the fact that the most important aspect of Passover is left out of the video. It is where the holiday gets its name as the when the Angel of Death saw the blood on the Israelites’ doorpost he passed over them. At the same time the first born of every Egyptian family died.
      Sorry about the earworm…but not really. 😉 Thank you.



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  • Dear Rochelle,

    With your usual aplomb, you have brought to life this celebration.
    Short and sweet video explaining the celebration (sounds to me like the most enjoyable of them all.)
    And that shanty! Oh my gosh! That was GREAT!

    Shalom and lotsa love to pass around and over,


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    • Dear Linda,

      Glad you enjoyed the music video. Those guys have done some hilarious and wonderful holiday songs. 😀 The seder really is a great way to celebrate the resurrection of the Passover Lamb. Thank you.



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  • I enjoyed your title and the meaning of your story, Rochelle. These traditions and beliefs that we pass down are so important in creating and understanding who we are. I hope you have a wonderful celebration this week.

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    • Dear Jen,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the story and saw the connection in the title. So often we read the story without noticing the title. As a mutual friend once said, “A good title adds a whole ‘nuther chapter.” Thank you.




  • Human history has some beautiful traditions. It’s amazing they survive time, blending of cultures, translations, and rebellious youth who don’t care about the “old stories.” Still, through all of that, people are still doing parodies of Gilligan’s Island. It’s beautiful.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    A beautiful story about tradition and history. I can just imagine the children asking lots of questions about that first Passover time and then, one day explaining it their children.

    Hope you had a Happy Passover.


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