So I promised to tell you about last night's dinner: it was my first time ever to attend a seder. I was raised Lutheran-Protestant in Germany, and even though I have some Jewish ancestors, I am not at all familiar with Jewish holidays, customs and traditions. Fortunately, at a seder, the children are encouraged to ask questions - why do we have this special meal, what's passover, why were the Israelites slaves in Egypt, how did they get back to the Holy Land, why do we leave the door open for the prophet Elijah, and what does he have to do with the whole thing anyway - and so I took on the child's role (and I was genuinely curious), and the other ladies present were happy to share their knowledge.
It was a lovely evening. I met several delightful people, we ate wonderful food, I got to participate in a holiday tradition that I'd known nothing about, and we ended up in a lively discussion about the differences and similarities between the three big monotheistic religions (Judaism, Islam, and Christianity) that all spring from the same source.
And I walked the five blocks home under a big silver full moon, lots of stars, and a clear cool spring breeze.
Okay, one correction - I didn't go there knowing nothing at all about it. Of course I searched the Internet for some information, and found this really helpful site: MyJewishLearning.com. And during the evening, it turned out I knew more than I had thought, because I remembered most of the story of the exodus from the Bible; I just hadn't been familiar with the customs surrounding passover, the holiday that commemorates it.
Thanks again for inviting me, Miriam!