Stay Home On Passover

Pesach begins on Wednesday evening. Please stay home. Please do not invite family and friends to join you in your home for seder. Please do not go to someone else’s home for seder. Please stay home. I know that it’s impossible for many of us to imagine Passover and the seder without our people – without family and friends. Yes, our tradition teaches us to open our homes and our hearts at this time of year. Agreed, physically distancing ourselves from folks is not who we are as a people. But, at the foundation of our faith is the fundamental value known in Hebrew as Pikuach Nefesh – Saving a Life. The Shulchan Arukh, the Jewish legal code compiled in the mid-1500’s, teaches us that “for someone who has a dangerous illness, it is a commandment to break Shabbat for him.” Traditionally, we don’t work, drive or use technology on…