Keeping Our Pesach Traditions While Traveling

Throughout its history, the Jewish people have been on the move. Presently, we find ourselves having formed permanent roots in our places of residence, and yet we still have the itch to travel! In particular, many American Jewish families today enjoy spending the holiday of Pesach in a new location–leaving their home for a Pesach vacation in Orlando, Greece, or the Dominican Republic!

Why Do We Travel on Passover?

What is it about Passover that inspires Jews to get away? Perhaps it is the narrative itself: the Haggadah tells the story of Jews on the move, leaving Egypt and entering the Wilderness. Of course, the story of the ancient Jews fleeing Egypt is not a tale of a Pesach vacation but rather the story of an escape from persecution. So perhaps we must look elsewhere to explain the phenomenon of Pesach vacations.

We don’t have to look much further than the secular “spring break.” Among non-Jews, there is a rich tradition of getting away for spring break, traveling to warm places like Mexico and Florida.

But when Jewish families go away for Passover, they are not doing it just to lounge on a beach and drink pina coladas: Jews traveling in the spring are doing it to observe Passover’s holiday! Today, many places offer families all-inclusive Passover programs with full-service Kosher seders, minyans, and fun activities to boot. These Pesach vacations are especially appealing when you consider the tremendous amount of work that goes into cooking and cleaning for the holiday.

Imagine: after removing all the chametz from your home, you pack your bags and fly to a new location. You arrive at the program, and everything is taken care of for you! There is no need to toil away in the kitchen–the food has been cooked, the seders arranged. Observing a kosher and happy Passover with your family has never been easier.

What Does Traveling During the Holiday Look Like?

Of course, Covid 19 presents challenges to those traveling for Passover, and one must take every precaution to stay safe while preparing for a trip, especially abroad. Various countries have different guidelines, and you may be required to get tested before boarding your flight. Travel logistics are always tricky, but they can be a particular challenge during a global pandemic.

Many Israelis also travel around Passover time. Rabbi Yosef Kantor, the Chabad shaliach in Bangkok, Thailand, has reported that he has arranged seders for more than 5,000 Jews, mostly Israelis traveling in the area during the holiday time. It is encouraging to know that Jewish people take the time to celebrate Passover when the Festival of our Freedom arrives wherever they find themselves.

While we are enjoying our Pesach vacations, we must not lose sight of the meaning of the holiday. After all, the events of Passover are the same source for the freedom we now enjoy to travel around the world. As we say in the Haggadah, “If the Holy One, blessed be He, had not taken our fathers out of Egypt, then we, our children and our children’s children, would have remained enslaved to Pharaoh in Egypt.”

For this reason, it is vital not to lose sight of the holiday while traveling. And there are plenty of ways to keep our Jewish traditions alive while on the go! Especially during Chol Ha’moed, a great way to travel Jewishly in a foreign country is to familiarize yourself with its Jewish history.  You can attend the local synagogue or visit a local museum with Jewish history. Throughout its rich history, the Jewish people have managed to make their way to every corner of the globe, and you’d be hard-pressed to identify a vacation spot that doesn’t have some Jewish connection.

Contact Us at Leisure Time Tours Today for the Perfect Passover Vacation!

If you are looking to go on vacation during Passover, contact Leisure Time Tours today! We offer Kosher programs at some of the finest hotels in the United States. We would love to assist you with your program and holiday.

But, of course, the best way to keep our Jewish traditions alive during your Pesach vacation is to celebrate the holiday itself with vigor and joy! Conduct the Seder, read the Haggadah, and drink those four cups of wine–you won’t regret it.

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