Passover lives on in Drew

April 22, 2011

This week is Passover and we celebrated by having seders Monday and Tuesday nights. Drew the Jew, as I endearingly like to refer to him, was amazing participating and saying things that I had no idea he knew. Watching my little offspring say a prayer in Hebrew is such a moment of pride. Despite not being very religious, being Jewish has defined me my whole life. To see those traditions being passed down is really quite remarkable.
For awhile now I have been really thinking about my religious values. I have used being Jewish to guide my life choices. Have I done that because I feel like I’m truly rooted in religious beliefs? I have let Judaism dictate where I live, where I send my children to daycare, what college I attended, what sorority I joined, etc. There was a point in my life where I yearned to separate from this world – live somewhere with more diversity, expose my children to more a variety, branch out. Ultimately, though, I find myself on the same path I originated from. Have I made these choices because my faith really is strong and brought me back to my roots? Or have I made these choices because this is my “comfort zone,” this is what I know. I hate to think I’m making choices that are safe because I’m fearful of the unknown. Yet as I get older, there is something so nice in recreating the traditions and values of my own youth.
As three generations of Jews sat around the table on Tuesday, reciting prayers and stories that generations before had; I can’t help but feel that regardless what is fueling our path, we are in fact on the right path for us. And of course that still leaves me skipping ahead in the prayer book to see how soon until we get to eat. I may never sit there resonating in the deep religious values but I will always sit there resonating in my family’s traditions. One value that I am deeply rooted in is family, and my family is Jewish.

3 thoughts on “Passover lives on in Drew

  1. I honestly think it was Hebrew School and our crazy carpools that makes being Jewish SO special. I loved Shula, Mr. Lev, and all the other teachers at Beth Judea!

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