I posted this as a comment over on MoChassid. Thought I’d share it here, too.
I don’t mean to compare going to a 5-Star resort in the Carribean with going to Yerushalayim, but “going away for Pesach” is actually the most basic and fundamental rule of the holiday.
Back when we had a Bait Hamikdash, everyone “went away for Pesach” by being oleh regel.
And if one family isn’t big enough to eat an entire korban pesach, we should join families together –
וְאִם-יִמְעַט הַבַּיִת, מִהְיוֹת מִשֶּׂה–וְלָקַח הוּא וּשְׁכֵנוֹ הַקָּרֹב אֶל-בֵּיתוֹ, בְּמִכְסַת נְפָשֹׁת: אִישׁ לְפִי אָכְלוֹ, תָּכֹסּוּ עַל-הַשֶּׂה.
– the Torah endorses communal sedarim!
Growing up in a family that stayed home for Pesach every year, and shared our sedarim with the same family every year (one by them, one by us), I completely and totally understand [MoC’s] feelings, and agree with them. Preparing the house, converting the kitchen, making the seder – these are all great activities for families, no question.
Even now, going away on ocassion (depending on where my parents or my in-laws are going, without any specific consistency) feels strange.
But Pesach, originally, is a communal holiday with the intention of travelling and convening in big groups.
As a side note, I will be away for Pesach starting tomorrow. Don’t expect much, if anything, by way of bloggin until the end of April.