One of my favourite movies at the moment is 'Fiddler on the Roof' - I have a very old copy that my Mum sent up to me recently. I love the music from the film - I can remember being quite young and Dad would have the record playing (gasp - that shows my age eh!).
The story of this one particular family and the struggles they face is so funny and so sad at the same time, that I relate to it strongly even though there is nothing remotely Jewish about me. The scene that I really love is when the family finally manages to settle around the table for the Sabbath and the Mother begins to sing the family's blessing. It is such a simple prayer for her family and one of such thankfulness to God for His provisions that I find myself wishing we had more traditions like this one.
My Mum, who I think is an honorary Jew, sent me up a description of the Jewish Passover meal, and it has been on my heart to start this tradition as a family. With Easter fast approaching, I have been doing some more research into the meal and what particular settings and implements they used to use. I have a list of the Bible readings, the prayers and the songs used throughout the meal and am finding it all really fascinating.
Anyway, I have decided to go all out and prepare a traditional Passover meal for our small group of friends that we meet with regularly here in Hervey Bay. I think it will be a really meaningful time and I hope that we will continue this tradition for many years to come.