So the kids and I hit Shop-Rite today (4/18), along with a million other families who were shopping for last-minute Seder items for Passover. We found a few different types of kugel, tsimmis, and chocolate matzoh before heading over to the aisle containing Easter candy.
Welcome to the wonderful world of interfaith families!
With this week being Holy Week and the start of Passover, our family’s interfaith religious worlds are, once again, overlapping. This weekend, my husband (who is Jewish) helped us color Easter eggs. The man has quite the talent! Tonight we’ll have a Seder complete with Seder Plate (we use a colored egg for the beitzah, or roasted egg and Italian herbs in a nod to my Italian heritage). We’ll read from one of the many haggadah we’ve accumulated over the years. And we’ll celebrate the heritage that is being passed down to my children through my husband and his ancestors.
It makes sense, really. In researching Passover and Easter for my Unitarian Universalist Sunday School class this week, I was once again struck by the fact that the Last Supper was a Passover Seder because Jesus was a Jewish man. He was part of a Jewish family and took part in Jewish ceremonies. I love the fact that humanity has built one religious tradition upon another, starting with the Pagans. [Read more...]