Maybe somebody can help me decipher this. Today, as I rode my trike along the Bay Trail, I stopped to watch a family down on the beach. They were unpacking box after box and bag after bag of stuff from Crate & Barrel... glasses, serving trays, bowls, all of it either glass or silver. It looked like they bought half the store.
I thought I was watching the beginning of the strangest picnic ever. I thought a photoshoot was in progress (until somebo0dy pulled out a point-and-shoot camera). Then the two young people rolled up their pants, picked up some wine glasses and waded out into the bay. They dipped the glasses in, returned to the beach and then kept returning to the water until everything had been rinsed, packed up again and returned to the car.
The young man of the group was wearing a white yarmulke (but not the older man-- no cover at all) so I'm wondering if it has some connection to the part of the Seder where a vegetable is dipped in saltwater to symbolize the tears of the Jewish slaves in Egypt.
I was burning with curiosity but I didn't dare approach them, not knowing how solemn this ritual might be.