If you’re a long-time reader, you might’ve been surprised by a few words in my piece for the Sisterhood blog at the Forward:
But as I thought about the issue throughout the Passover holiday, which ends tonight, it began to make a lot of sense.
Emphasis mine — to point out that this piece, posted yesterday, assumes that Pesach ended yesterday. We initially planned to post it on Friday and that bit about when chag ended was added after I saw the last draft.
This might have troubled me… except that I’m now prepared to come out as in favor of observing a second day of yom tov. (Before we go into my thinking on this you can go read this stuff from fellow Jewschooler BZ about why two-day chag makes no sense.)
I have five reasons:
- I am always (I’m gonna regret using the word always later — I just know it) in favor of more ritual, rather than less.
- I like these elements of Jewish ritual that make their own internal sense — even if they don’t really make sense — elements that accrued over time that add texture and oddity to Jewish practice.
- When this blog began I was an ideologue, of sorts, a Reform ritual ideologue. My faith in the idea of liberal modern Jewish religious ideologies has since wavered and I’m now in pursuit of a personal approach that is less suspicious — but still somewhat suspicious — of the human propensity for attraction to ritual on purely aesthetic terms. This reason is, I suppose, a meta-reason that covers the above two.
- I really like singing Hallel. A lot.
- Two days off is better than one day off.