Last post before Pesach


By this time, I have cleaned both my refrigerators and things are rising to the feverish pitch that will culminate in the Seder night on Wednesday, but we’ve still had some time to spend in the garden lately and I even sneaked in a couple of short walks with the children (strictly keeping to empty, lonely places). Last week we saw this flock of cranes right next to our house.


These birds sure aren’t doing social distancing!


One of our little house geckos. The kids love to play with them.


Shira tried to make a smiley egg face here, but this didn’t quite work out. 🙂 I am so extremely grateful for our plentiful and healthy eggs these days. The stores are just empty of eggs at the moment, and I’ve read they are forced to import to meet demand – no knowing what the price or quality will be.

Overall, though we are holding up pretty well, there’s just no denying the situation in the world is kind of crazy right now. I’m so looking forward to the time when it’s possible to lift the quarantine at least a bit – I miss day trips, going to the library, and getting together with friends. There are so many people around the country, from Rehovot to Maalot and from the Shomron to Ramat Beit Shemesh, who are often in my thoughts, and though social media and email thankfully make it easy to keep in touch, nothing can replace a good ol’ cup of coffee together. So this is my post-quarantine resolution: make more time to visit with friends in person.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy, and enjoying spring despite the necessary limitations. No better time to start a garden if you haven’t yet!

I’m off to take all the stove knobs apart and give it a good polish.


Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

4 thoughts on “Last post before Pesach”

  1. Doing what we can here too…limited strength…and won’t be perfect…but all we can do. Never been a time like this in my lifetime…so strange. Some orthodox rabbis we listen to have pointed out some similarities to the First Exodus from Egypt…indeed! Hope your Pesach goes well!!

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  2. This is a strange time for all of us. It’s certainly not the same as having family and friends gathered around your table, but you do have your husband and the children there. I feel so sorry for people who don’t have anybody else around. A “Solo Seder” Easter dinner at the Rice Paddy was just the two of us.

    All places of worship in America are closed, but services being broadcast to the faithful. It’s nice but I don’t think of religion as a “spectator sport”. Are you (were you?) able to follow services on the TV?

    Take care, and have a blessed Passover!

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    1. Using any type of electronic device isn’t allowed on the Shabbat and holidays, so doing a “zoom seder” isn’t a possibility for Orthodox Jews. We did get a broadcast from the Western Wall on the “non-sabbatical” part of the holiday. Only 10 people, gathered by special permission at a safe distance from each other, vs. the thousands that usually come.

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