The Passover-And Why We're Attempting to Celebrate It

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So, for those of you who don't know me super well, here's a run down of my current relationship status. I'm a Christian girl currently shacked up with an ex Jewish boy who also managed to knock me up while we were supposedly taking it slow relationship wise.

Have your debates about sex before marriage and all of that crap somewhere else. I'm not you about that first part so that all you legalistic folks can all be like, "Wait, she's pregnant and not married? STONE HER!"

Settle down. That's not what this is about. If you wanna know about that, message me up and we'll chat sometime. Capiche?

Moving on. Tonight is the start of Passover. For those of you who are like, "Passover what? The salt?"...Wow. Did you stay up all night coming up with that one? No? Then I feel no need to give you a courtesy laugh.

Ex Jewish boy was willing to give me a rundown of what the Passover actually is. It's basically a 7 day meal that celebrates the story found in Exodus, where the Israelites (God's chosen people) fled from the slavery they had been put under in Egypt. That's a really basic version of it, anyways. But it's a big deal for Jewish people.

So what's the point of all of this? Well, although ex Jewish boy isn't religiously Jewish, Jewish is still in his heritage. So we, in an attempt to instill some sense of his heritage in our daughter, will be attempting to celebrate the Passover this year. I'm not sure how that's going to go, but we're going to make our best effort. And hopefully, by the time she's actually old enough to remember the crazy stuff Mom and Dad do, we'll have got our act together on this whole thing. We're not going crazy with the full 7 day celebration, but we're choosing to observe the first and last days, which are considered to be the most important ones.

If you're wondering about Hanukkah, and how we'd incorporate that, I don't know. I have no clue. I'm pretty sure that as it is, we're probably going to blaspheme the whole idea of the Passover. But the point is that we're going to try. I'm not even entirely sure why we're trying, outside of a desire for our kid (And future kids) to have an idea of their heritage, and of what cultures they've come from. I'm actually fairly excited to have a culture that my kids can claim
as their own outside of "Canadian". Which is what I am. There's nothing wrong with being Canadian, but outside of Canada Day, there are really few cultural specific traditions that Canada holds. (Hockey arguably counts. And possibly the eating of bacon. But that's it) So for me, it's going to be exciting to get to show my daughter, "Hey, this is heritage."

So that's why we're going to blaspheme/celebrate Passover. It might be a total gong show. I think we're trying for one traditional dish for each of the two days, a well as a couple of traditional readings. Ex Jewish boy may be ex Jewish, but we've both agreed that there's no reason our daughter can't learn the traditions that come from his heritage. That doesn't mean we'll observe every Jewish feast, because apparently there are quite a few, and my cooking skills don't stand a chance. But we're going to embrace what we choose to, in an effort to culture our daughter and let her see a part of her heritage.

But ex Jewish boy is apparently not wearing a kippah. How disappointing.


 Is there a heritage in the family that you celebrate with your kids? Or is there a religious custom where, while you may not practice that religion, you still observe the custom? (Christmas doesn't count for this one) Or, if you have more than one practicing religion in the house, how do you balance the customs with your kids?

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