I love Passover, a Jewish holiday that begins Wednesday night.
It is a wonderful holiday that I looked forward to as a child and enjoy passing down to my own children. From the preparation of the home to gathering for the Seder meal, every moment and every ritual is carefully planned to remind us of what our ancestors endured and what God did to rescue them.
This year Passover will look different because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of inviting over family and friends for the Seder, we will share the meal with only those in our homes – and some of us will be completely alone.
Instead of hearing the usual joy and laughter fill the room, we will hear the question “did you remember to wash your hands?” more than once.
For many, this Passover will be depressing. The happiness shared by loved ones will be replaced by the loneliness of isolation. It will leave many angry and bitter wondering “why?” and “why now?”