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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Most Jewish holidays tend to be solemn... And I'm sure that Orthodox Jews treat the Seders with all due reverence. We don't - but I have only the highest respect for those that do.
    Depends on how you look at it. The truly solemn holidays are Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, and of course Tisha B'Av is a depressing day (though not truly a "holiday" as such). Simchas Torah is a joyous holiday at the end of Sukkot (which is also fun). Chanukah is fun. But we take all the holidays seriously, too, because they are serious occasions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isalexi View Post
    This year I feel kind of sad because we are not having a seder because my kids are at a club med in Cancun (poor kids and my nephews are also on vacation.
    You can still do a seder. It would just be a small one.

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    Traditional Passover priestly blessing at the Western Wall

    Numbers 6

    22 The Lord said to Moses,
    23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
    24 “The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
    25 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
    26 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”

    27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isalexi View Post
    We never saw it as solemn...we sang songs and had so much fun.
    That's a more modern development, more common in non-Orthodox households. The "fun" bits are often for the benefit of the kids. Nothing wrong with this, of course. Our home (and my parents home) doesn't come close to following all the rules.

    For instance, you're supposed to discard or donate all bread products before Passover. Last year, my mother in law was surprised that we had some bagels in our freezer. I opted against telling her that the cold-cuts drawer in the refrigerator had at least a half-pound of sliced hot (spicy) deli ham.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    It is both. Release from slavery is a happy event.
    that is what I thought he Bitter herbs are to remind you of the hashness of being enslaved. I figured the Joy would be after the Night of Passover...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    that is what I thought he Bitter herbs are to remind you of the hashness of being enslaved. I figured the Joy would be after the Night of Passover...
    Obviously, there is lot more going on than just bitter herbs. The point is to tell the story (and a person does this even if doing the seder by himself) of release from slavery. Of course, it requires talking about the slavery, but then the release is the fun part. Then, of course, are the songs, which are sung in orthodox households (though I cannot speak for everyone, of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    You can still do a seder. It would just be a small one.
    Oh I thought I told you that I'm coming to your house. On the other hand I think I'm going to go to djinn...it'll be shorter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isalexi View Post
    Oh I thought I told you that I'm coming to your house. On the other hand I think I'm going to go to djinn...it'll be shorter
    Djinn's is definitely closer.

    But I'm not having a seder at my house, anyway ... going out for both.

    Plus, mine would be an orthodox one, so it would last a while ... even past my own bedtime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    As far as wishing Jews a "Happy Passover," it's really not necessary. Jews may wish each other "Pesach Sameach" ("PAY-sock sah-MEY-akh"), but do not typically expect any such greeting from gentiles. I suppose it wouldn't be out of order if you are a guest at someone's Seder.
    Hmmm.

    Pesach is not pronounced "paysock" unless you want to sound like a fool.

    Here is its phonetic alphabet:

    [pɛsɑːX] or [peɪsɑːX]

    The ending [X] is a voiceless velar fricative.

    Just so you know.

    Happy Pessa'h

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    Hmmm.

    Pesach is not pronounced "paysock" unless you want to sound like a fool.

    Here is its phonetic alphabet:

    [pɛsɑːX] or [peɪsɑːX]

    The ending [X] is a voiceless velar fricative.

    Just so you know.

    Happy Pessa'h
    I think it was Ashkenazi pronunciation.

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