© Miri WTPOTUS April 6, 2012
Shalom! On Passover may you rejoice in your traditions and always be blessed with the rich and bountiful gifts of life. Rabbi Philip R. Alstat said that faith
gives the oppressed the strength to outlive the oppressors and to endure until the day of ultimate triumph when we shall “be brought forth from bondage unto freedom, from sorrow unto joy, from mourning unto festivity, from darkness unto great light, and from servitude unto redemption.”
And so, have faith! Blessed Passover.
Gerald Manley Hopkins wrote:
Gather gladness from the skies;
Take a lesson from the ground;
Flowers do ope their heavenward eyes
And a Spring-time joy have found;
Earth throws Winter’s robes away,
Decks herself for Easter Day.
Beauty now for ashes wear,
Perfumes for the garb of woe.
Chaplets for dishevelled hair,
Dances for sad footsteps slow;
Open wide your hearts that they
Let in joy this Easter Day.
And so, rejoice! Happy Easter.
About the photos. First is a photo of the ingredients for a traditional Jewish dish:
Charoset, haroset, or charoses (Hebrew: חֲרֽוֹסֶת [ḥărōset]) is a sweet, dark-colored, paste made of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder. Its color and texture are meant to recall the mud which the Israelites used to make adobe bricks when they were enslaved in Ancient Egypt as mentioned in Tractate Pesahim (page 116a) of the Talmud. The word “charoset” comes from the Hebrew word cheres — חרס — “clay.”
Charoset is one of the symbolic foods on the Passover Seder Plate. After reciting the blessings, and eating a matzah “sandwich” combining charoset and maror, the remainder is often eaten plain, spread on matzah.
The second photo is of pisanki–Polish Easter eggs:
There are various types of pisanki, based on the technique and preparation used. …
The oldest known Polish pisanki date from the 10th century, although it is probable that eggs were decorated by Slavic peoples even earlier. …
Today in Poland, eggs and pisanki are hallowed on Easter Saturday along with the traditional Easter basket. On Easter Sunday, before the ceremonial breakfast, these eggs are exchanged and shared among the family at the table. This is a symbol of friendship.
And so to all our friends at WTPOTUS, we wish you a blessed and happy holiday.