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Holiday Greetings - when and how to use them

04/15/2022 12:12:02 PM


Sarah Avner, Cantorial Soloist

Chag Pesach Sameach!

The trip to HEB is behind me. The brisket is in the fridge waiting to get rewarmed before dinner. The charoset has been doing the delicious thing it does while the wine macerates the apples, nuts and dates. The plan is set for rearranging our living/dining space to accommodate the tables and chairs. Its official. We are going to celebrate like it is 2019 and we are very excited.

Tonight, we will wish one another Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach. But how do we greet one another on the intermediate days of the festival of Passover? The days that begin at sundown tomorrow evening and end (for those who celebrate 7 days) at sunset on Thursday?

These days, during both Passover and Sukkot, are Chol HaMod-eid. Instead of saying Chag Sameach we can say “moadim l’simcha” to which a person responds “chagim uzmanim l’sason.” Many thanks to the ever so talented Eliana Light for this sweet song and melody to remind us of these greetings.

Whether your Passover celebration is loud and boisterous or quiet and relaxed I want to wish all of you nothing but joy tonight, and in the week to come.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.

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