It’s sunny and warming up here in the frozen north. Everywhere I look, the snow is melting and we’re seeing patches of green grass underneath, a glimpse of the world that will be ours in just a week or two if things continue. The world is waking up here after the long winter and birds like the Siberian Swans are returning from their warmer winter … Continue reading Spring and the Sabbath Always Come
I hope everyone had a wonderful and meaningful Passover. We had our first Seders as guests. For years, we’ve hosted our own Seders with a mix of guests, usually non-Jews, or even just our family and we’ve enjoyed all of them. For the songs my husband couldn’t remember the tunes for or couldn’t communicate those tunes to us, we just made them up. We had … Continue reading Our First Seders as Guests!
The sun becomes more and more stubborn here in Alaska and begins to pay less and less attention to the clock. At this time of year, it begins to become a little disoriented because, besides rising much earlier and setting much later, the light also tends to look like the sunlight of mid afternoon right up until twilight begins. As a result, it’s easy to … Continue reading Happy Passover!
To boil or not to boil? Which customs shall we use? How stringent do we want to be this year? These are all relevant questions we face as we clean out cabinets and work to gobble up all the chametz (leavened foods) in our house prior to Passover. We’re often on our own to try to find answers since Passover is quite likely the busiest … Continue reading The Ups and Downs of “Practicing” Pesach
My heart is full today. Yes, it is snowing again and the roads are a mess and the Spring that seemed so close by last weekend now feels like it has fled south to the lower 48, but…this weekend is our first weekend in our Shabbat RV and we have invitations to both Seders from a wonderful family for Pesach! If you can’t tell from … Continue reading The Kindness of Strangers and Our First Shabbat in the RV
The sun is now up past bedtime. It peeks through the little edges of the blackout shades, sneaking into the room, tiptoeing to my eyelids. Granted, bedtime at the Safek household is around 9-9:30pm. We hit the hay early and get up early. But still, the sun is coming back, regaining his dominion over life here in the subarctic. We are also fast entering that … Continue reading Passover Prep – Alaska Style!
Moses threw down the first set of stone tablets, shattering them to the ground. These were the tablets made by G-d himself, a gift to the Jewish people. The second set? They were made by Moses, still holy, but maybe not quite as lofty. In some of the commentaries, we learn that the Jewish people just couldn’t handle the first set. The first set were … Continue reading The 2nd Set of Tablets