A virtual Passover, 2021 edition


Sunday, 28-Mar-2021

I can’t quite remember Passover from last year.

This blog reminds me that I took a bike ride, and that I found it to be gloriously relaxing and quiet – and that we supposedly did a zoom Seder the next day. I can’t quite remember it on my own though… I guess that’s part of why I keep this blog, right? To help me remember the details that I might have forgotten?

I don’t know how I should feel about not recalling Passover, though. The photos that I took do remind me a little bit of the ride, but only tangentally.

I miss seeing people in person, but that’s nothing unique to me – everyone’s feeling that way since COVID-19 locked us all down; I just find it more noticeable during the holidays.

Anyways, this year seemed fairly similar – a zoom Seder, with everyone calling in from wherever they may be at the time.

I took a few pictures, but to be frank none of them came out quite well – especially in comparison to how well the video Seder went. It was excellent – a bit chaotic, a bit confusing, and quite a bit different… but that’s how a family event should go, right? Everyone clamoring to catch up with everyone else, with the framework of the Seder itself helping us navigate the paths and plans of the event?

It was good – We all got to walk through the Seder together, catching up with everyone along the way. We read, we talked, we walked through the story, and then chatted as we ate the meal together.

It’s interesting to me, how much shorter events like this go when they’re virtual, though… Normally a Seder would last for a few hours, nearly being a half-day or a full day event. I mean, the Seder itself wouldn’t, but we’d spend quite a bit of time talking on the couches, relaxing during or after the meal, that sort of thing. This time, the entire zoom call lasted maybe two or three hours – definitely a long time to maintain focus, but shorter than it would have been had we been there in person.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing, or a good thing… just a thing. Something interesting to note – I wonder how next year’s Seder will go, if it is finally in person…

We talked, we ate, and then we signed off. It was a good day, and a nice window back into getting to see everyone in person again.

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