Eventual freedom from centuries-old slavery is not a mean escape and the anniversaries can only but evoke indescribable emotions, of tearful and glistering eyes, light-hearted feelings and even one of deeper reflections
These and more are already playing out in Israeli homes as they marked their Seder Night, the beginning of the annual Passover which would last till the 17th.
And although the outbreak of coronavirus mulled group celebrations, residents in Israel still remained united together, reports the Christian United for Israel.
Debarred from the streets, and instead of large family celebrations they took to their balconies and gardens to celebrate God’s deliverance from Egypt.
There was no losing the feeling that it was Seder Night as emotion-evoking songs and prayers echoied through the night across the country. Others cheered their support for the show of unity
The report said another video emerged of a man praying in the middle of the street, with people from surrounding balconies repeating.
In hospitals across Israel, medical teams in protective clothing prepared a Seder meal for patients on coronavirus wards.
In Givatayim near Tel Aviv, local police chief Revital Karko took a tour of the city with a special message for local residents.
“Residents of the city of Givatayim, this is station commander,” she said through a loudspeaker.
“We love you, wish you a happy holiday. You are amazing. Look after your health.”
Residents clapped and cheered in response to Karko’s message of support.
In contrast to the rest of Israel, world’s largest Seder Night was held at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv, which is currently housing some 500 coronavirus sufferers. Managed by the IDF, the Dan Panorama is hosting those with mild symptoms to take the pressure off hospitals.
The decision to impose a curfew and prevent Israelis from traveling to other cities to celebrate the Seder with their families was made earlier this week.
“Pesach will not be Purim,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, referring to last month’s traditionally festive holiday, which preceded a spike in virus cases.
“Every family will have Seder alone,” he said. “Only celebrate with the family who are now at home with you.”