It is rare when Easter and Passover coincide as neatly as they do this year, with the Jewish holiday week beginning Wednesday, April 8, and the Christian holidays of Good Friday and Easter falling on April 10 and 12, respectively. That they dovetail so neatly together in this, of all years, is truly a blessing. It serves to remind us that we are all brothers and sisters, no matter what our faith might be.
This year, of all years, death moves among us. COVID-19 is not interested in how much money you have, or what race you are, or if you have been good or bad. It claims its victims indiscriminately: you, and you, and you.
Suddenly, we are afraid of each other, and for good reason. Does she have it? Is he a carrier? We have no way of knowing, so we force ourselves apart, and lock ourselves in our homes, if we are fortunate enough to have one.
Passover and Easter remind us that pain and suffering are not unique to our time. If you start to cry, do not feel ashamed. Even in your solitude, you are not alone.
Easter and Passover promise us deliverance. No matter how dark it is, the sun will rise again, and the tears of pain we shed today shall be tears of joy tomorrow.