Rabbi Rimon: Have Family Zoom Pre-Seder Meeting Before Sunset
[Translation by IMRA]
A practical proposal for all the Houses of Israel, even those who have old
grandparents and young relatives, but cannot be together on the Seder:
- Pray Mincha prayers early in the afternoon.
- About an hour or two before sunset - everyone is dressed in holiday
clothes and doing a family gathering together - including grandmother and
grandfather and their children and children everywhere. This time, it is
not a weekday like all the days, it is Passover! At this time they would
sacrifice the Passover sacrifice, and at this time the Levites would sing
the Hallel (Maimonides, Passover Sacrifice, Rabbi Yoel Ben-Nun maintains
that this time should always be considered as holiday, and certainly this
year - see his presentation in Facebook and thanks to him for inspiring me).
- In this get together sing Seder songs - children will sing Ma Nishtana.
After that words from the Torah or riddles for the children. Each family
member can prepare something short. Questions can be relayed a few days
earlier, to which everyone will try to answer in their own way. For
example: What is a Ben Horin nowadays? What is your favorite place in the
Haggadah? in the Passover evening? Or other questions which have varied
answers. You can continue with your favorite Seder songs, such Vhi Sheamda,
Dayeenu. Echad Mi Yodeah, Chad Gadya, etc. (on Seder night, we will repeat
all these songs).
- Finish a few minutes before sunset, light candles, go into the holiday,
continue to sing, and when the stars come out pray the evening prayer as a
family (sadly because of the danger we can't go to the synagogue) and begin
Admittedly, it won't be a full-time night with all the grandparents, but it
will be an exciting reunion that will be a meaningful beginning to the Seder
night. Instead of just ten together Seder night, there can be dozens of
family members at this gathering. At the same time that sacrifices were
made and Hallel sung in the Temple, we too will sing, recount in the story
of the Exodus and rise together with all the family, near and far. This
proposal is halakhic, it it not subject to any doubts and is good for
everyone. Those families for whom this idea is not right will find the
right path for themselves.
This proposal will greatly upgrade the Seder night, give a good feeling to
grandparents, children and grandchildren (I believe it will give a good
feeling also to the isolated person).
In practical terms, it is a thousand times better than the proposal to use
Zoom during the Seder itself. In addition, it is possible and even
desirable to continue the gathering when the holiday ends.
We are in a complex reality. You can, forefend, be in a state of
depression and sadness, but you can also see the beautiful and good things
that can be achieved during this time. We lose some things, but at the same
time, gain new things that may give special power, special connection,
tremendous love and great uplift.
Wishing you a kosher holiday, happiness and health for all of Israel
Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon
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