By Michael Kuttner…

What time did you finish?

This is the question Israelis ask when they meet the day after having celebrated the Seder. Having started late because summer daylight time has commenced a post midnight conclusion is the rule rather than the exception.

Now that we are enjoying the intermediate days of the week long Festival the nature reserves, parks and beaches are full to capacity with families enjoying time together.

It is hard to imagine that not far away our soldiers and airmen are battling the forces of evil and ensuring our safety and security.


The world renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra combined with the IDF Orchestra in an inspiring and most moving rendition of a famous Israeli song for peace and salvation.


Their teacher and two daughters were murdered by an Islamic terrorist at this time a year ago.

Lucy Dee’s pupils gathered together to sing in her memory and voice their faith and belief for better times. Joining the musical tribute was her husband, Rabbi Leo Dee.


The rest of the world may prefer to forget but we do not, especially at this time.


Never timelier than at present this song from the Seder service reminds us that history keeps repeating itself.


Watch Birkat HaCohanim from the Kotel during the intermediate days of Pesach.

Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel. 

[This article was originally published on J-Wire and is reproduced here with permission from Michael Kuttner.]