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Would You Leave a Grandmother Alone?

Monday, 6 April, 2020 - 7:29 am

 

Question of the Week: 

 

I am a grandmother in my 80's and am being told I have to celebrate the Seder alone at home, without my children and grandchildren. I can't do that. It would be the most heartbreaking night of my life. I have a better idea. Let's delay Pesach for a couple of months, until this whole thing blows over, and we can then do a Seder together with our families. Can the rabbis get together and cancel Pesach this year?

 

Answer: 

 

I feel for you. The pain of not being with your family this year must be devastating. But I beg you, please make a Seder. It could be the most powerful evening of your life. It could even change the world. 

 

Every year at the Seder we proclaim "Next Year in Jerusalem!" We pray for the rebuilding of the Temple and the return of our people to our homeland with the coming of Moshiach. As long as the Temple hasn't been rebuilt, we are like a family that is split. G-d is alone and we are alone. Only in the Temple will we be reunited again as one happy family. 

 

When you celebrate your Seder all alone, missing your family and wishing to be together, that will arouse the divine yearning to be back with His children. When you say "Next Year in Jerusalem", that prayer will reach higher than any other prayer could. Specifically you, sitting on your own, have the power to pierce the heavens with your words from a broken heart. G-d will have no choice but to answer you.

 

The most sanctified room in the Temple was the Holy of Holies, an inner chamber that was only entered once a year by one person, the High Priest. He stood there all alone. That's where you will be on Seder night, alone in the Holy of Holies. 

 

Anyone who will be alone this year for Seder, you have a sacred duty. If you are single and wishing you could be with your soulmate, or a grandparent wishing you could be with your family, G-d is with you, because He too wants to be with His beloved. 

 

Every Seder is holy. But yours is holy of holies. Please pray for us all. Then we can all be together, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, G-d and His people, next year in Jerusalem. 

 

Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Moss

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