by Bruce Black (Sarasota, FL)
The vegetable stock for the soup is simmering on the stove. Onions, turnips, carrots, garlic, sweet potatoes, and leeks. Last night we searched for crumbs, but it’s only now that the house is beginning to smell like Passover.
It’s early, not yet 7 a.m., and I’m sitting on my yoga mat before beginning my practice, grateful for the start of the day, thinking about Passover and the way time unravels from year to year, each year flowing into the next like another asana pose… one pose, then another… each different, each the same.
Each year Passover arrives and reminds us that we are alive, still walking through miracles (like the parting of the Red Sea) every day, not just once a year–if only we open our eyes to see.
Each breath, another miracle. Each step, another miracle. Each life, another miracle. Our people’s story, another miracle.
Miracle flowing into miracle.
Pose flowing into pose: gathering crumbs, hiding the matzah, reciting the Four Questions, opening the door for Elijah, again and again, year after year.
Tonight we’ll savor the taste of freedom as we bite into the matzah.
Surrounded by those we love, we’ll raise our goblets of wine and recite the ancient words of the Hagaddah.
Now the soup is simmering on the stove, filling the house with the smell of Passover and so many memories, so many miracles.
Bruce Black, the founder of The Jewish Writing Project, is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Jewish publications such as The Jewish Week, The Jewish Exponent, Reform Judaism Magazine, and The Reconstructionist, and in secular publications such as The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Cricket and Cobblestone magazines. Online Education News ranked his blog on writing, Wordswimmer (http://wordswimmer.blogspot.com) , among the top 100 creative writing blogs of 2009. You can read more about Bruce and his new book, Writing Yoga, here: http://www.rodmellpress.com/writingyoga.html
2 responses to “Miracle Flowing Into Miracle”
What a beautiful piece. In such a short space, you pack so much description – and emotion. Happy Passover.
Thanks for the aromatic piece on Pesach! I hope yours has been a memorable week! We played a game for our second Seder’s maggid portion, based upon The Game of Things. We gave everyone a paper and pen and then asked for creative answers to categories such as: Things that Would Have Made Convincing Plagues (in Addition to the 10); Things You Wish Had Been the Main Food Symbol for Pesach (Other than Matzah); and Things Pharaoh Should Have Answered When Moshe Warned Him About Each Plague. My husband then collected the answers and read each one aloud, and we went around the table trying to guess who said what. FUN addition to our Seder. We also printed a list of quotations about freedom, and then discussed them with a partner in terms of their applicability in ancient and modern times. The last “evolutionary” addition to our Seder was to mash sweet potatoes into the matzah balls before boiling them. They had a slightly heavier consistency than the usual ones, but they had a delicious richness.