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First Night of Passover

First Night of Passover

By the time you read this, I’ll be deep into the first Passover seder, wondering when we’re finally going to get to eat thinking about the meaning of the Exodus from Egypt:

For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!

These quotes are getting to be a tradition:

Short all-purpose “Jewish History in One Sentence“:

“Quick synopsis of every Jewish holiday: They tried to kill us; we won; let’s eat.”

Particularly timely now, Passover Is No Time To Wish For The End Of Christian America:

Nothing has changed in thousands of years. They still rise up in every generation to destroy us, but this time the names are not Haman or Adolf, but Mahmoud and Osama. And on this earth, it will be Christian Americans almost alone who will stand with us.

I’m reminded of the bumper sticker from the 1960′s: “If you hate cops, next time you are in trouble call a hippie. ” Jews, of all people, should not wish too hard for The End of Christian America. There is no one else to call.

So particularly at this Passover time, we should not wish too hard for the End of Christian America. We might just get it.

This seems unfortunately timely:

Does it get any better than this?


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BannedbytheGuardian | April 14, 2014 at 8:14 pm

I never know when easter is or why it is on different dates when Christmas is always the same.

I am happy to read of Passover of which I. know equally nothing .

There is alot to be said for ignorance.

What about the food ( for both) ?

    The Hebrew and Gregorian calendars do not coincide. In the Jewish religion the date of Passover is fixed (as the date of Christmas is fixed in the Christian religion)

    In the Christian religion the Last Supper of Jesus Christ was the Passover Seder, all associated Christian rituals are spaced around this event, so the Gregorian date for Easter will vary depending on how the two calendars align in that year.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to ThomasD. | April 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks . Looking at it objectively I see them also as significant Pagan celestial festivals . Always gor the impression christians tacked them on to ongoing festivities.

      I defer to Jewish because These would have been concurrent with paganism. By the time of Paul / Peter/ ? Jewish were extremely demanding of whom joined / could stay in their creed which led him to Damascus & a new ‘ lightness of being’ .

      Then I have to impose the Orthodox dates. I am beginning to think The Orthodox is the true christian creed & The Vatican the imposter .

Lady Penguin | April 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Happy Passover to you and yours Professor.

I really liked that song sung by the Israeli soldiers. BTW – the Ten Commandments was my very FIRST movie that I saw in a theater – I remember everything about that movie. The colors were spectacular. I’ve watched it every time it’s been on television and have never tired of it.

I have no idea if there is a general greeting/salutation for the seder times so I will say this, eat well and have fun and be safe .
we don’t want to hear about you needing to hire that stalker mr. branca (peace be unto him) to defend you 🙂 🙂
been meaning to ask a buddy of mine what he does for these things but keep forgetting, maybe I will get off my lazy butt and do it soon 🙂

I don’t know the proper greeting is for Passover so I will just pray that God blesses you and your family as you celebrate this holiday that Jesus celebrated as well. I have often wondered how the Israelis find the strength to go on day after day, surrounded by people who are trying to destroy them. God has chosen you as his people and he alone know why your people must suffer. But Jews and Christians I believe are beloved of God. Thank you for appreciating Christian America. Blessings to you on Passover.

theduchessofkitty | April 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Happy Passover to you and your family, Professor!

Henry Hawkins | April 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Count on at least one atheist who will stand with the Jews. Happy Passover to you and yours, sir.

One very appropriate thing to say is, “Next year in Jerusalem!”

For those Christians who want to better understand the Jewish background of the Last Supper, here is a Jewish Christian Passover Haggadah (“The Telling”).

    Juba Doobai! in reply to gibbie. | April 15, 2014 at 12:40 am

    The Lamb of God whose blood covers us so that God sees not our sinful selves but His mark upon us and so lets us live.

    A blessed Passover to Wm and all of his house, including this board.

    The lesson of Passover: God does keep His promises to us.

      God has kept all of his promises to Israel and to the rest of his created world, including the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants. He fulfilled these covenants when he sent his son Jesus as a complete surprise to his people. He became salvation for the whole world including us gentiles.

      The Messiah-King Jesus began the Kingdom of God on earth with his birth. His perfect Kingdom life, his death, his burial and his resurrection all confirmed the Kingdom of God had come to earth. An attorney should know that there were many eye witnesses to these events, the four Gospel writers for starters.

      Passover is God pointing us to redemption in Christ and to the coming Kingdom of God, now in this age.

      Have a blessed Passover. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves; And give Him no rest until He establishes And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm, “I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies; Nor will foreigners drink your new wine, for which you have labored.”
(Isaiah 62:6-8)

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26)

A blessed Passover to you and your family, Professor!

In honor of Passover and ‘Merica:

I am a Catholic who has attended a lot of Passover seders, and I think the best part is where everybody dips out of their wine cup a drop of wine for each plague suffered by the Egyptians. This ritual is accompanied by readings that teach that, although they are happy, their happiness is diminished by their neighbor’s suffering.

Happy Passover!

In the spirit of reverent unity, I recall having to research something at the library at U.Va. some decades ago. They used to have these single desks along the walls on the upper floors, with short sides for privacy, like a part of a cubicle. I selected one and took a seat.

It had been hit with graffiti, which was very unusual there. I’ll never forget it. In big, bold magic marker strokes, someone had written the common message


and underneath was scrawled

…but Moses invests!

If they had stayed in Egypt…. the damn place would be a lot better run than it is now.

Judaism is the favorite religion for this non-religious individual. Celebrate Passover and remember many non-Jews support you and Israel and your freedom to worship. We too gain from your faith, your history and your contributions to civilization.

wow, that was an unexpected video — never thought I’d hear Hebrew rap. Made me smile!

Happy Passover Professor!

moonstone716 | April 15, 2014 at 8:18 am

Do Jews normally wish for the end of Christian America? They just shouldn’t right now?

I had no idea. Makes me rethink my support of them somewhat.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to moonstone716. | April 15, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Read the linked article, it’s regarding a Newsweek Cover

      moonstone716 in reply to William A. Jacobson. | April 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

      I did, even though it was Newsweek (ugh). But the last two sentences of the post, I thought, were yours. (paraphrasing — Passover is not the time to wish for the end….etc., we just might get it.)

      Looking at it again, I guess that it was probably meant as tongue-in-cheek. I was too annoyed with the story to see that the first time.

DINORightMarie | April 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

I loved the video of the Israeli soldiers, but I don’t understand why he would condemn Moses and his actions – it was the L-RD G-d who sent the plagues, for a purpose. The Egyptians suffered because of their pagan ways, and the treatment of G-d’s chosen people, as well as their pride and self-worship (along with every other type of idol worship you can imagine). The plagues were exposing that these false gods would not save them.

And then, the penultimate Moses “behold the Hand of G-d!!!” scene……epic on so many levels!! How I wish Hollywood would do such wonderful films again – not like the horrid gnostic, pagan “Noah” film……

Happy and blessed Passover!!!!

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | April 15, 2014 at 9:13 am

Sorry, but I don’t think the biggest threat to Jews is Christians or Muslims. I think it is leftist atheist “Jews” who have abandoned the traditions and customs of Judaism and want everyone else to abandon religion. Ridding the world of all religion is their goal. Don’t take my word for it, let one of the “Jewish” explainers at Vox Media explain it:

He wants to “stamp out religion”. Abandoning God and embracing atheism is all the central planners need to re-engineer the world into a neo-communist/socialist progressive paradise. That, and more government mandated use of windmills.

Happy Passover.

    I think I understand what you’re saying, but one should be careful. There are thoughtful atheists, and I hope not to offend them. And there are plenty of gentile leftists.

    As Dennis Prager says, leftism is the world’s fastest growing religion. Leftists are not trying to rid the world of religion, they are trying to rid the world of other religions. And their motto is and always has been, “By any means necessary”.

    Not all atheists are leftists.

    I don’t see how it’s possible for a person to face the ultimate implications of atheism (meaninglessness and purposelessness) and live.

    I think atheists may have an argument against the God they claim not to believe in. If one has an argument against God, it is important to pursue the argument. He can take it. Job and Jonah come to mind.

    The god of the leftist is Justice, and they will sacrifice anything and anyone to it. Justice is a terrible god, unworthy of worship. For a description of what you get when you worship Justice, read Plato’s “Republic”.

    The God who instituted the Passover offered the children of Israel, and offers us, Freedom, which is better than Justice. Freedom is not the ability to do whatever we want -we are truly free only when we align our lives with what is real. “Reality” is one of the names of God.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to gibbie. | April 15, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      I am an aetheist & simply do not see a god. I can’t have an argument with something I that has no iteceptors .

      Not that I am not interested in how it has shaped history & thought , I am.

David R. Graham | April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

“… not wish too hard for the End of Christian America. …”

I realize our host is quoting another source. Still: “Too hard” is not good? But “hard enough” is good? And the difference between … ?

Besides long alienating Christians with just that attitude — which is more Ashkenazy than Sephardi — as is often pointed out, it is a forlorn hope. Christianity is the base not only of all the Americas. It is the base of the Latin Church, which, besides the Americas, is all of Western Europe, much of Africa, much of Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, numerous islands east and west, north and south and a certain real estate on the moon.

Was not there a Sephardic banker in New York, a Mason as were so many founders, who loaned or gave Congress a sum to pay Washington’s Army at a critical juncture? My memory is dim. I thought he bore the name of Solomon Chase, but can find no reference. So my memory is at fault somewhere … at least.

In any case, there is one God and He has many Names and it is unseemly to assert sole validity for any religion or to disparage the accomplishments of any religion’s adherents. To do either is to be irreligious. Even sacrilegious.

End of Christian America. Yeah, right. Try the end of water. Reality is not a construct. It is a power of being.