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Next year in Jerusalem?

Next year in Jerusalem?

Passover 2018/5778

Tonight is the first night of Passover. As is written in the Passover Haggadah:

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!

As if you needed any reminding that nothing has changed, witness today’s Hamas-organized attempt to storm the Gaza border, with women and children pushed to the front lines as human shields. The military leader of Hamas was blunt about the objective:

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar joined mass protests along the Gaza border Friday, warning Israel that it should take heed of the tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrating for the right to “return” to Israel.

In a fiery message, Sinwar called on those “besieging” the Gaza Strip to “recalculate” their position and absorb the message emanating from the protest.

If they are hungry, the people of the Gaza Strip will “eat the livers of those besieging” the coastal enclave, Sinwar warned, using an Arabic idiom that means to take revenge on someone….

The “March of Return,” Sinwar added, ” affirms that our people can’t give up one inch of the land of Palestine. The protests will continue until the Palestinians return to the lands they were expelled from 70 years ago.”

Our Passover posts have taken on some traditions. Each year I publish an excerpt from my 2009 post, 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.

We also remember the victims of the 2002 Passover suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in Nethanya, Israel, during a Passover seder. 29 people died in the explosion, and 64 were injured. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack:

The suicide bomber, Abd El-Basset Oudeh (resident of Tulkarm, born in 1977), arrived at the hotel disguised as a woman after shaving off his beard and moustache, putting on makeup, and wearing a straight hair wig. He wore women’s shoes, blue feminine-cut jeans, a brown shirt, and a brown leather jacket with a leopard-print collar. A fake Israeli ID card in a woman’s name completed the disguise.

The explosive belt worn by the suicide bomber was designed as a vest with pockets that hid approximately 10kg of explosives.

On a lighter note, another tradition here is the short all-purpose “Jewish History in One Sentence“:

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

For those of you not totally familiar with the Passover story, this video is one of my favorites:

Here’s a more modern telling of the story:

On a personal note, and to update the many readers whose comments and emails were appreciated, Cleveland didn’t work out as hoped. It was frustrating, exhausting and demoralizing. We left early to seek treatments elsewhere. Things are “relatively” stable here, and we continue to search for solutions.

During Passover, we say “Next Year in Jerusalem.” Organizing a Legal Insurrection trip to Israel has been something I’ve talked about for years after each of my trips there (2013, 2015, 2016), but circumstances have not permitted. Perhaps things will improve, and it will become a reality. Do you believe in miracles?

[Featured Image: Israel’s Escape from Egypt, illustration from a Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company]


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The charges have been set in all the key places. What do you suppose the igniting event will be?

How does one who is not a Jew, wish Jews well on Passover? What’s the Hebrew?

And don’t worry. We Gentiles have the watch.

“…every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.

…For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support…”

It saddens me that you don’t recognize my Savior as your Messiah. But as a Rabbi of my close acquaintance puts it, when he comes again the observant Jews will reconsider the situation. So there is always hope. Besides, what am I, a Muslim? Like I’m going to blow up a strip mall to ruin your holiday.

I wish a most holy and happy Passover, Professor!

Happy Passover!

A most happy Passover to you and yours, Prof. Jacobson.

May all of the Jewish faith have a blessed and happy celebrations of the Passover. I am also hoping that those who are in the area of Gaza are somehow relieved from what clearly is a provocative action against Israel. May the Lord grant that this too be Passed over.

Professor, I do believe in miracles. Please keep the faith for you and your wife. Happy Passover!

I hope the Passover is meaningful and full of good memories for you and your family, Prof.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!

DouglasJBender | March 31, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for that comment and sentiment, Rags. I second it.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 31, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Psalms 9 -1 through 5

“9 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.

5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.

A psalm.

“Psalm 83[a]
A song. A psalm of Asaph.

1′ O God, do not remain silent;
do not turn a deaf ear,
do not stand aloof, O God.
See how your enemies growl,
how your foes rear their heads.
With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”

With one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against you—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
of Moab and the Hagrites,
Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
Even Assyria has joined them
to reinforce Lot’s descendants.[b]

Do to them as you did to Midian,
as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
who perished at Endor
and became like dung on the ground.
Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
who said, “Let us take possession
of the pasturelands of God…'”

Have a nappy and blessed Passover. Sincerely. From those of us who can’t count over a 100.

I mean’t happy. I realize the wrong key stroke will be used against me until eternity.

I do believe in miracles, Professor, and I will continue to pray for one for your family.

Happy Passover!

A tribute to me not being able to count higher than 100. Happy Easter, my Jewish friends.

Passover, I meant. Did I tell you I can’t count when I run out of fingers and toes? Yeah, history.

I just wanted to chime in, late as usual, to wish you Prof J and your dear wife chag same’ach. I am so sorry to read of your wife’s health problems (which I remember you have mentioned before). I wish her refuah shlema, may she have a speedy and complete recovery.

I hope all those celebrating had a happy Easter and/or a Happy Passover.