April 17, 2008
Passover in Palestine—memories of seders in an Israel on the cusp of statehood
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Zion, who has written the haggadot, "A Different Night, The Family Participation Haggadah" (Shalom Hartman Institute, 1997) and "A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices (Zion Holiday, 1997)," remembers that his parents' seders "recalled the dramatic struggle for survival and redemption of the Jewish people in the 20th century in which my parents had taken an active role," he said, referring to his father's role as an activist for civil rights in the United States and later organizing the local Jewish community for Soviet Jewry.
What Noam's son, Mishael Zion, recalls from his family's seders was the addition of family memories and stories in addition to the "mega Jewish story." There were stories about his grandfather being stationed in Okinawa in 1946, and about his experiences in Palestine in early 1948.
"My grandfather and father are about making the best of whatever situation you have," says Mishael Zion, who co-wrote "A Night to Remember" with his father as the Israeli version of "A Different Night." "As in, 'this isn't what you expected, but it might be even better than you expected.'"
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