Posted by Michelle Moquin on April 8th, 2012
Although I do not come from a religious family, we still usually celebrate Easter together, as a time to just enjoy being with each other. But for months now a new and dear friend has been excited over planning Passover and invited me to attend a Seder at her home – something she hasn’t done in ten years.
So, last night I attended my first Jewish Seder. Well, really it was my first formal Seder. About 10 years ago, I was designing in Indonesia, and the owner of the company I was working with was Jewish. He wanted to celebrate Passover so we did a “mini seder” (If I may call it that), at the Four Seasons Hotel in Ubud with another co-worker who was also Jewish.
It was a fun and interesting experience then, and even more so now to experience a Seder in its entirety. I really enjoyed the discussion and questions that arose, and as each person read through the stories, we sang and followed along in the Haggadah (the Seder guidebook).
With the “four” glasses of wine that is supposedly enjoyed by each person throughout the seder, I now understand why there was at least bottle of wine for every two people at this huge beautiful table for twenty. Now for some “four” glasses of wine may be okay, but for this girl, one is about my limit. So, I can safely say, this girl filled her glass “four” times, but each time it was only a quarter full. :)
Besides, all the good food, which I thoroughly enjoyed, what was my favorite dessert of the evening? Well first and foremost, the best flourless chocolate cake. A close second was the Matzo crunch: chocolate and caramel covered Matzo. Got to love it.
That is my “mini” version of my first “formal” Seder. All I have time for this morning. But, if you want to share, I’d love to hear about your passover experience. Is there anything special or traditional that makes Passover especially wonderful for you and your family? Blog me.
If you are celebrating Easter today, please do not dye or buy any Easter Bunnies. I just read that Gov. Rick Scott of Florida approved an agricultural bill allowing the artificially dying of animals.
Rick Scott Approves Artificially Dyeing Of Animals
Florida Governor Rick Scott just approved an agricultural bill, which permits animals to be dyed neon green and dayglo pink.
But don’t dip any live Easter peeps into dye just yet — the bill legalizing such Technicolor pets doesn’t go into effect until July 1.
Florida Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, snuck Amendment 303390, repealing a 45-year-old ban on artificially dying or coloring certain animals or fowl, onto HB Bill 1197, which revises certain agriculture codes in the state. Her amendment also permits chicks to be sold before they are 4 weeks old.
Florida Senate Democratic Minority Leader Nan Rich, who tried to block the amendment, said the original ban was to ensure “that we don’t have a lot of adorable ducks, rabbits and chickens that are given away at Easter time and look so cute, and then 2 or 3 or 4 months later nobody wants them.”
Bogdanoff maintained that she was just looking out for the rights of dog groomers, who should be able to compete in shows and parades.
Animal rights groups petitioned Scott to veto the bill.
“Humane societies are overflowing with these animals after Easter every year,” Don Anthony of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida told the New York Times. “This law has protected thousands of animals from neglect and abuse, and it shouldn’t be lifted on the whim of one dog groomer who wants to dye poodles purple.”
While groups like the Humane Society hold that the practice results in discarded pets and undue stress for the fowl, experts say the practice really has no lasting harm for the birds as long as the dye used is nontoxic.
To achieve unnaturally bright colors, eggs are either injected with a dye before the chicks are born or newborns are sprayed with a colored mist. In both cases, the neon green and dayglo pink feathers eventually grow out as adult feathers grow in.
Watch the below videos of artificially dyed cats, dogs, chickens, and bunnies.
Do we have nothing better to legislate? This is just silly and completely cruel to not only rabbits but any other animal. Please make it a fun and safe Easter for all.
Anything that you share with your Family that makes easter Special for you? Blog me.
Peace & Love…
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