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Spending this year in Jerusalem

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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 11:55 am

Passover in America is widely reported to be the most-celebrated Jewish holiday of them all. More American Jews will have attended Passover seders this week than will attend High Holiday services this fall. No doubt this is due, at least in part, to homemade matzah ball soup, various iterations of the recipes for sweet charoset, and a time for family and friends to get together – a time to catch up on what everyone has done over the past year.

Many (most?) seders stop well before participants get to the last pages of the Haggadah. You know, the part with all the songs like, “Who Knows One” and “Chad Gadya.” But also before the formal conclusion of the seder known as Nirtzah, when we drink the fourth cup of wine. More significant than the wine, though, is the concluding line of the entire seder – l’shana haba’ah b’yerushalayim, “next year in Jerusalem.”

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