When my rebbetzin and close friend Rivkah asked me to spend a day with her extended family during the week of Passover last year, I couldn’t be more excited! Rivkah is the oldest of ten kids who are all grown ups now and have their own big families. Some of them are in Brooklyn, but many traveled from all over US and Canada to spend the holiday together with their parents, grandmother and siblings here in Seagate.
What is Passover? Passover, also called Pesach, is a major, biblically derived Jewish holiday. Jews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.
What is matzah? Matzo, matzah, or matza is an unleavened flatbread that is part of Jewish cuisine and forms an integral element of the Passover festival, during which chametz is forbidden. The biblical narrative relates that the Israelites left Egypt in such haste they could not wait for their bread dough to rise; the bread, when baked, was matzah.
Doing a Day In The Life session always means becoming a part of the family for a day. Surprisingly, even though I was the only child and now have a small family of my own, I immediately felt like I belong to this loud and joyful mishpuchah. More so, it had a therapeutic effect on me, since my great grandmother Leah had ten kids but then our big Jewish family shrinked going through the horrors of Soviet Union. Spending a day with Morozovs felt like digging my own roots and I am beyond grateful for this opportunity.
Knowing that my work is appreciated and will be cherished by generations to come makes my heart sing. With their permission, I would like to share an email that I got from Rivkah’s parents below and let the slideshow tell the rest.
You, so graciously, lovingly & respectfully accompanied our family last Pesach, as we were busy preparing for the holiday, documenting our every move.
When the slideshow was ready, you shared it with our children. They decided to surprise us & present it at our 50th wedding anniversary celebration a few weeks ago.
Well, what a surprise it was indeed! And, oh how enjoyable the stunning images brought back amazing memories from last year. You should have seen the excitement in the room, the entire family cheering on as they relived the unforgettable experience & fun we so lovingly reminisced.
Polina, you captured so accurately & creatively our family’s special expressions & moments of intimate relationships. These are incredible inter-generational memories that we will cherish forever with our children, grandchildren etc. And for this we owe you a huge THANK YOU!!!
Best of luck Polina in all your endeavours!
Fondly, Chaya Sara & Zalmen Marozov”