Syria is lifting emergency law after 48 years and
the ‘Arab Spring’ is grabbing headlines coming from the Middle East.
News of the murder of an anti-Israel Italian ISM member in Gaza,
came as Jews were busy shopping before the Passover holiday.
Many Arab shoppers were also in the stores buying the potato noodles and matzah.
Daniel Viflic, the 16-year-old riding on a school bus who was injured by an anti-tank missile from Gaza,
died from those injuries and was buried just before the holiday began.
A tragic beginning…
for the Jerusalem spring.
There were photos of President Peres visiting the Shalit family and reports of new negotiators, but
Gilad Shalit missed the Passover seder for the fifth year,
the protest tent was dark and empty on Tuesday night.
Nevertheless, Jerusalem spring
is a time of families get-togethers,
of the mangal in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park–
that has evolved into a Passover holiday tradition.
While millions of people take to the roads to travel North,
many others descend on Gan Sacher to picnic,
to play ball,
to take a walk,
and enjoy nature.
It is a place
where even used coals can be shared and the news can be forgotten…at least for a bit.
Happy Passover… it’s time to eat.