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Happy Easter!

To those of you who are Christians, he is risen indeed!

Those of us with a little Jewish blood have recently commemorated release from bondage in Egypt.

Last week was Holi, the Indian festival of colors.

Easter is the anglicized word for a Pagan holiday to celebrate the goddess of spring.

Whatever you celebrate, or not, I hope you enjoy nice weather like we’ll be having here in Pittsburgh, where the forecast is sunny and 66°F.

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  1. I am Jewish ( a convert ) but having been raised a Christian, I have happy memories of my mother waking my brother and me up on Easter morning by saying “He is risen!”, to which we would reply “He is risen, indeed!”.

    Happy springtime to everyone, no matter what your spiritual beliefs may be. It has been such a difficult year, so enjoy the the day. It is sunny, warm and beautiful here, with many flowers and trees in bloom. I am glad to be alive!

  2. On YouTube, there is a deeply moving Yiddish version of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”, performed by Daniel Kahn of the klezmer group The Painted Bird. It was recorded during the pandemic, on May 6, 2020.

    I can’t post YouTube videos but if you search for “Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released in Yiddish”, you should be able to see it. It is lovely and soothing.

  3. That is just about my favorite weather. It is nice here, but rather too warm for April. I am Jewish and do not celebrate Easter, but we did celebrate Passover, particularly when I was going to Hebrew School preparatory to my Bar-Mitzvah,. I would sing the Four Questions at our dinner table on the first night of Passover, as befitted the eldest son. I don’t really celebrate the holiday now, but I am always aware of the powerful story.

    Spring is of course the season for hope, and certainly this year. I will get my second vaccine shot tomorrow, and the more people who get theirs, the more hope for general health there will be. Happy Easter and Passover, RD! I hope your aunt is doing better.

    • William, I’m surprised it was you who asked the Four Questions at your Seder since the tradition that we’ve always followed is that the youngest child asks them.

      Roz in NJ/NYC

      • Roz, you are right, and maybe I did it because my brother is seven years younger, and did not go to Hebrew School. and could not sing the questions in Hebrew. But yes, you have the tradition right, and I guess he should have done it. It was meant well, the way we did it.

        • William, Thanks for your explanation! I think every family needs to do what’s comfortable. Obviously, this worked for yours.

          Roz in NJ/NYC

    • William, I hope all goes well with your 2nd shot on Monday and that you suffer no side effects. Won’t it be wonderful to be fully vaccinated?

      My SO and I both got the one dose J&J vaccine a few weeks ago. No 2nd dose needed! We hope to spend this summer at the cottage in Door County (WI) if we can do it safely. Last summer, we weren’t able to go.

      • Thank you, Beata. They say that one might have a few days of flu symptoms, but I hope not too bad. I never got the flu vaccine, and I haven’t had the flu for around twenty years. It will indeed be great to be vaccinated, though one needs two weeks for it to take full effect. They don’t know how long the efficacy is, but it is hoped that it could be years.

  4. Another relevant song for these days would be Leonard Cohen’s “Come Healing”. Such a beautiful song, with its many references to the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition:

    Oh, see the darkness yielding
    That tore the light apart
    Come healing of the reason
    Come healing of the heart

  5. Dave’s Jesus’s not here.” 😀

  6. 😛

    I guess Pilate just dismissed the stories as weird rumors.

  7. Yotsuba&…Easter eggs! :mrgreen:

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