The West Enders: Episode Fourteen, “Why is this night different from all other nights?”

SG208613It’s the first night of Passover and Sam is attending his first Seder. Because he wants to understand everything in depth, he has brought a Haggadah written with commentary by Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth and one of England’s most prominent Orthodox Jewish scholars, even though he and Midge are members of a Reform synagogue.  The actual Haggadah for the night is aimed at families so that Sasha can understand the significance of the occasion. She is thrilled to get to ask the question, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” Midge has invited Nicole and told her that Pierre is also welcome, but she arrives on her own.

SG208614Midge has worked ceaselessly all weekend and everyone agrees that her homemade matzoh ball soup is wonderful.

“I hope Pierre knows that he was welcome to join us,” she says to Nicole.

“Pierre is not into religion at all,” Nicole responds. “It doesn’t bother me, and I’m really happy to be here myself. Thank you so much for inviting me. It’s not like he and I are going to be married, like you and Sam. And Sam, I’m so impressed that you have converted and are taking this all so seriously. You’re a real mensch!”

“Thanks,” says Sam. “It’s a completely new experience for me, a feeling of belonging to something bigger than I am. My parents weren’t religious and I grew up without any kind of religious training. I’m really happy to have found this family and this feeling – and of course, I’m the luckiest man in the world to have found Midge.” He and Midge smile at each other, completely in love.

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One of the biggest treats of the night is having Nicole sing in Hebrew. She really does have an amazing voice.

SG208619At the end of the evening, when Nicole has left and Sasha has gone to bed, Midge and Sam retire to the bedroom. “You have made me the happiest man in the world,” says Sam. “Only one thing could make me happier.”

“What’s that?” asks Midge.

“Let’s have a child. Let’s have a baby. I want an even bigger family. I love you so much, Midge. I want to have a child with you.”

With that, we shall leave them and wish Pesach Sameach to everyone celebrating tonight – but stay tuned for the next episode! We’ll see how the other dolls celebrate Easter.

Finally a huge shout out to Nora from Double N Minis on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DoubleNminis?ref=l2-shopheader-name&section_id=20160795) for creating the wonderful 1:6 scale food for the Seder. She normally works in 1:12 scale but created this custom order for me and it is amazing!

 

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