Or in English, Challenge Accepted. Why the switch in languages you wonder? Well this week I will take on a challenge of the Jewish nature.
Sundown tonight marks the start of Passover, a Jewish holiday commemorating when the Israelites were freed from Egypt. Although my family raised me as a Catholic, my father actually follows Judaism. Clearly he does not follow it too closely, after all he married a shiksa, but he always tried to teach us about his faith and taught us about the traditions.
One tradition we used to partake in was Passover seder. When I was little, we went to his friend’s house and took part in the Passover customs. Unfortunately, times change and things prevented us for making the trip to celebrate Passover.
Years later entered Syracuse University, racistly referred to as Jew-U, and made friends with several Jewish students. I’ve heard them talk about the traditions and importance of Passover, and always wanted to participate in the celebration. But, like always, life got in the way.
Since this is my senior year, this is the last chance for me to reconnect with my Jewish roots. So tonight, when the sun sets, I will temporarily convert to Judaism and celebrate the Passover holiday — at least from a dietary standpoint. I will forgo all food containing yeast, from bread to beer, and will attempt to cook some traditional Passover dishes.
So wish me luck as I attempt to live the life of a Jew. And for all the real Jews out there, Zissen Pesach!