Sober Holidays: Passover
Passover, or Pesach. Tonight, millions of friends and family will usher in the 8-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.
It is of the most important Jewish holidays of the year, bringing people together to tell stories and commemorate the miracles of the exodus as recounted in the Bible.
The celebration starts off with the traditional Passover Seder – a multi-course meal that includes readings, stories, lots of eating and multiple cups of wine. It is this last part that might cause people in recovery to balk.
We’re here to remind you that it is entirely possible to participate and enjoy a sober Passover Seder.
First, here is one person’s story about a sober Passover. Give it a read and remember that you’re not alone.
Second, religious experts agree that grape juice is a perfectly acceptable substitute for the wine called
for in the Seder lineup. If you are hosting a sober Seder you may put your juice into a decanter and serve in wine glasses. If you are attending a Seder you may need to talk with your host ahead of time. Either way, having your own, non-alcoholic stand-in will allow you to follow along.
And lastly, a reminder that Passover is a wonderful time to celebrate the miracle of recovery, rejoice in your own freedom from addiction and rededicate yourself to the journey you are on. There is much in the Passover holiday that fits perfectly with the ideals, intentions and rituals of a program of recovery.