Chag Pesach Sameach friends! I wanted to share a few images from Israel before we start our Seder here in Tel Aviv (I’ll post more next week, promise!). The feeling here is so calm, so quiet– it’s difficult to describe how peaceful the city has suddenly become. It started yesterday, when I visited the old port city of Jaffa. Already I could feel a sense of quiet anticipation in the air as the Seder drew near. Today, after about noon, the beaches slowly emptied till only a few tourists remained. Even the animals I photographed seemed to sense a change in the air.
I am looking forward to gathering with my family and friends this evening. It’s my first time celebrating the Seder in Israel, and also the first time I haven’t cooked the meal myself! It’s a bit strange, as I’m used to being in the kitchen all day, but instead I’ve been free to explore the city and see the change that is taking place as the holiday approaches. What a wonderful, blessed experience.
As we share the ancient stories and say the blessings, I can’t help thinking of those who are less fortunate than we are tonight. My heart hurts for the people affected by the terrible tornadoes on the east coast of America. We’re praying here in Israel for those who have lost loved ones, and others who are hurting for any number of reasons around the world. We are so blessed, and I am truly grateful to be able to spend this joyful time in the Holy Land.
Chag Pesach Sameach! Wishing you all Love and Light.