Now my people have gone……….


Holding a Jewish seder in an interfaith setting is challenging to put it mildly. Not so much from my perspective- I love to feed people..I’m the Jewish mother! The dance of decisions on which aspects of the “re-telling” to include and what to leave out are what I struggle with most. Many Christians have never experienced Pesach from a Jewish perspective- it is just another one of those “archaic ritual feasts made irrelevant by Easter”, or if they observe it at all, it is only to punctuate the emphasis on Christ’s Paschal fulfillment. Why put anyone off by dragging out the prayers and ceremonies until the wee hours of the morning? These are the thoughts that flutter around in my head like moths at a candle flame- all thoughts of how I might navigate my way through the evening without offending my family or surrendering my identity. Mercifully, my younger son phoned after everyone had left, so I couldn’t spend too much time worrying about where I had fallen short. I was also VERY grateful for Janis- who has an uncanny ability to pull threads of meaning and observance together, weaving them into the bonds of relationship- that fortress of friendship without which God would remain forever undiscovered.

One comment

  1. matthew christopher davidson · April 23, 2006

    Being a liturgophile, myself, I would have liked to have heard more Haggadah. I don’t think you need to provide disclaimers, which indicate, if anything, an unnecessary insecurity; there’s no need to apologize for the Seder being a Jewish event. That is, after all, what we were invited to: a Jewish event. It would be pretty poor form if we whined about it not being Christian enough. In any case, that analysis would be wrong. The Exodus is a fully Christian story.I like that story. I like Pesach as a retelling of the story, as a remembrance that makes the past event ‘present’. I identify myself with that Israel which came out of Egypt and received the Law.I don’t see how Christ’s Paschal fulfillment of the Exodus story negates the story or the Seder. The Pascha of the Lord, however, puts all other historical events in their proper perspective: as preparation for the climax of history, which is, of course, the Cross.The finished house does not supersede the frame. The frame is part of the house. So then, the Torah is the frame of the covenant of grace, which is the Word of God, Christ. Likewise the historic Israel of faith (meaning the line of faithful ancestors throughout Israel’s history) is the framework of the Church, the Body of Christ, which is the finished house of God.

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