A holiday greeting from Principal Jeremy

Pesach (Passover) is the festival of so many things. It is Chag HaHerut, the festival of freedom (when the Israelites were led by Moses from slavery). It is Chag HaPesach, the festival when the pascal lamb (symboilised by the shank bone on the seder plate). Most famously it ChagHaMatzot, the festival of matza, or unleavened bread – the bread that did not have time to rise, such was the haste in the exodus.

Its final name is Chag HaAviv, the Festival of Spring. Given its position in the calendar, and the location of its events in the northern hemisphere, this makes sense.

Yet how do we in Melbourne, and we at Bialik, celebrate a Spring festival when, to paraphrase Game of Thrones, in our calendar Winter Is Coming.

Spring symbolises new growth, change and health, and as we emerge from the Covid winter, there is certainly light at the end of the tunnel. We have experienced the confines of lockdown and the freedom of emergence from it. We have experienced stocked pantries (and full cupboards of toilet roll) in preparation for challenges ahead. In the latest news from the Health Department, we will be permitted 100 people in our homes for Seder night – quite a seder!

So here we are, at the end of a vibrant term, normality returning, and hope on the horizon. With our Festival of Spring, our incredible Athletics Day today celebrating inclusion, determination, talent and resilience, and having watched an uplifting performance of The 39 Steps – a venture into comedic theatre for our students – we are now ready to take a break over the Pesach holidays, eat Matza, celebrate freedom and our own special version of Spring.

Jeremy Stowe-Lindner

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