A happy and kosher Pesach, all my Loves!
This week, I hope you don't mind, I'll take a break from looking for inspiration in the Week's Parshah, and look instead to the "Second Day(s)" of Pesach.; to the Seventh Day in particular.
True there's no Seder Night, no Haggada reading. But a wonderful thing did happen on the seventh day -the Splitting of the Red Sea!
The Splitting of the Sea for me, is one of the most beloved and always fascinating stories in the Tanach. Just the picture of a people, a nation of slaves only one week before (and I'm imagining every slave I ever saw
in the movies!), suddenly standing in front of a wild sea while behind are rushing waters filled with sword-waving Egyptians. In one brave moment after being commanded by G-d, this nation decides to
jump into the sea! The next step I find even more incredible, as I try imagining the people, mothers, fathers, siblings, babies – as one – walking on the dry sea bed, between corals. And on either side are
standing walls of sea water. This powerful picture leads to another: The one of Miriam, Moshe and Aaron's sister, deciding to gather all the women with tambourines, as they dance to songs of thanks and
praise to G-d. On the Seventh Day of Pesach, the world over, we therefore read "The Song of Miriam".
From a feminist outlook, I see this as a story about women's strength, which amazes me each time it's read, teaching us about customs and behavior over the different generations.
In honor of women's strength and in honor of this holiday, I stood up tall (in high heels!) and photographed this post in a holiday mood.
Wishing you all a happy holiday – for the Second Days :-). And never forget,as women, our greatest strength is in being able to give thanks!!!