We had no idea the value of the gifts, so the next thing that would happen was Uncle Lou would offer a $20 bill in exchange for $10 silver dollars. The smart ones wouldn’t take that deal - there was something special about those silver coins. But it didn’t end with the generous Uncle Lou exchange. We would then have to line up in front of our Grandma and deliver into her hands at least 10% of the monetary take. This was for charity or tzedukuh. It was still ok because we would walk away with at least $50. In the early sixties that was a great deal of money.
This year the second Seder was smaller than it usually is. We had 30 instead of the usual 60. All family, with everyone pitching in. It had the same spirit as the Passover celebrated in the documentary. When people ask us why we bother with all that work, we refer them to the new musical— “Gefilte Fish Chronicles - the Musical” which was inspired by the documentary. We bother because it’s one way to keep the spirit of those who have gone before us alive in our minds, our hearts, and our joy. We’re just sayin’… Iris