Byline: Kristin E. Holmes
Jewish military families celebrating the return of a loved one from Iraq now have a ritual to mark the occasion that adapts the themes and rites of Passover.
The "Seder of Safe Return" is designed to welcome home a returning service person and give people who gather for the ritual meal a chance to reflect.
"One of the things that religious rituals do is to give us structure in which to pour our deep feelings _ a wedding, a funeral, the birth of a child," said Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, the renowned spirituality author, who cocreated the ceremony. "Having a young son or daughter return safely from the war has to be one of the most powerful feelings one can go through."
Organizers say the new "seder sheni, a delayed observance of last month's Passover ritual, is the first ceremony ever developed for Jewish …