This week for our mitzvah trip, the middle school went to a retirement home for Jewish senior citizens called Mt. Carmel. Mt Carmel was established in 1973 and is one of the older retirement homes in Jacksonville. A lot of the people who live there are from Russia or other foreign countries. Most people don’t visit them as much anymore because the Coves is newer and not everyone has heard of Mt. Carmel. The middle school went there to celebrate an early Passover Seder with the elderly people there because they might not have a Seder.
By doing a model Seder with the elderly, we were following the mitzvah, Hiddur Penei Zaken. This mitzvah says that you should honor the elderly and I could tell that each person in there felt very honored and loved. We need to show senior citizens that people care about them and there age does not affect other people’s love for them. I follow this mitzvah a lot in my house by celebrating almost every shabbat with my Savta because I love her and want to make her feel loved. This Passover, think about different ways to make people feel loved and cared about and I wish you a happy Passover!