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This Night Is Different

I’ve been hearing a lot about virtual story times these days, and I have some family experience with them. Reading over Skype or Zoom or anything else may not be exactly the same as reading on the same couch and passing the book around to give everyone a better look, but it’s something.

Well, Passover begins tonight, and for a lot of us used to very crowded tables and very specific traditions, this year is the year of the virtual Seder. My (spiritually but not physically) immediate family and I have plans involving Zoom, with a lot less focus than usual on the food and a lot more on traditions that engage our senses of sight and hearing. Old jokes that will make us laugh (you haven’t seen a “Chad Gadya” until you’ve seen a Flax family “Chad Gadya,” except you probably have your own version). Melodies that will bring us comfort. If you celebrate, I hope you have something equally right for you planned, even if it’s Not the Same.

Let all who are hungry come and eat, one way or another. Have a happy and, this year especially, a healthy Passover.

Shoshana Flax
Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, assistant editor of The Horn Book Magazine, is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. She was a 2019-2020 member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee.

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