Ok! Just for Preservation Day, I’m gonna post a thing!
My name is Hannah, and my Hebrew name is Channa (Hannah with the chhh sound!)
Now, I’m not an extremely religious person, I don’t eat kosher, I don’t go to temple every saturday, but that’s just my family! I don’t think it’s such a big deal if we don’t do every tiny little thing we’re supposed to, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. We do like to preserve our family traditions, though!
Every year at our Seder, we use the same hagaddahs that my family has been using for the past 80 years! And in those, there are specific lines that specific people have to say every seder. Every time. For example, one line says “Lo, this is the bread of affliction!” and my uncle Howard has to say it. I don’t know why, I don’t know how it originated, all I know is that he has to say that line every year. That’s just one of the things my family does in the seder. My mom also has to be the one to open the door for Elijah, and she has to be the one to say the four lines preceding that act. Once again, don’t know why, don’t know when it started, I just go along with it. My Uncle Rod has to hide the afikomen, we use old seder plates that my siblings and I made in Hebrew school when we were 6/7 years old, etc. There are so many more that I can’t even remember, but it just goes to show you that there are a lot of family traditions that we keep up every year!
The bottom line here is that I love my family and all their weird, quirky ways. I’m proud to be Jewish and I’m proud to take part in Preservation Day!