To understand the Exodus narrative, we must view it as a war – a boxing match, if you will – between gods.
In one corner, we have the Egyptian god, Pharaoh. Pharaoh is like any pagan god. One worships him by glorifying him with monuments, pyramids, sphinxes, and garrison cities. If slaves are required in order to build these structures, so be it. If it is necessary to beat those slaves in order to keep them working, or even kill one or two occasionally to send a message, that’s fine, too. And if overpopulation becomes an issue (see the First Chapter of Exodus), simply throw their...Read More
…I will free you from the labors of the Egyptians and deliver you from their bondage. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and through extraordinary chastisements. And I will take you to be My people… I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…
On the day after the Passover offering, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the country, unleavened bread and parched grain. On that same day, when they ate of the produce of the land, the manna ceased…
The traditional answer to...Read More
Perhaps more than any other holiday, Passover opens wide the doors between our past and our future, between our people and all people. As we retell the story of the Exodus in both our homes and synagogues, we are able to find myriad ways in which our journey from degradation to redemption and from slavery to freedom becomes the story of all people around the world who are still in need of redemption, still struggling for their freedom.
It is no surprise that we now see innovative haggadot that concern...Read More
Before you vote in the World Zionist Congress (WZO) elections, the organizers want to know: "Are you a Zionist?"
There’s a joke in Hebrew in which a pollster asks a homeless person, a cult member, and a Zionist the same question: "What is your opinion of the meat shortage?" The homeless person asks, "I'm sorry, but what do you mean by 'meat'?" The cult member responds, "Forgive me, but what do you mean by an 'opinion'?" The Zionist angrily raises his voice to the pollster, asking, "What the hell does 'excuse me' mean?"
In the weeks before Passover, I see countless Facebook posts lamenting how much people dislike the holiday and what a hassle it all is. Pesach is often so overwhelming that cruises and hotels offer seders so we can get away from home at this special time of year.
Taping shut the closets, turning on the house alarm, and going far, far away is one alternative to the cleaning, the expense, and – dare I say it – the obsession over food at Passover. Special kosher-for-Passover bagels, sponge cake mixes that...Read More
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