PASSOVER IS FAR MORE THAN JUST AN ANCIENT TALE:
There is no greater DRIVE in the lives of Humanity and all living things other than to be FREE. Men and women have crossed oceans in leaky vessels to find FREEDOM. Men and women have gone to war in losing battles to be FREE. We have fought enemies from abroad and enemies from within to be FREE.
AND IT WILL NEVER END:
About 2100-Years Ago (circa 30 AD) . . . JESUS CHRIST spent his last night of Freedom with his followers at a supper, which has been famously depicted by Leonardo da Vinci in his ICONIC painting THE LAST SUPPER.
Remarkably . . . what many people don’t know, especially amongst our youth, was that the LAST SUPPER was a PASSOVER SEDER (feast), where Christ celebrated the Exodus of Jews from Egypt, just as the Exodus had been celebrated by the same custom amongst all Jews for almost 1500-Years, until CHRIST’S death on the CROSS, continuing for another 2100-Years till modern day.
FOR CIRCA 3,600-YEARS . . . JEWS HAVE CELEBRATED THESE DAYS OF LIBERATION:
When I ask many of my Christian Friends if they know the story of Passover, most don’t. But, when I ask them if they ever saw or heard of the movie THE TEN COMMANDMENTS starring Charlton Heston, the answer is yes. It’s then that I tell them to their surprise, that they know the fundamental story of Passover.
And many if not most, amongst Jews and Christians, especially amongst the younger generation, have no idea that the Last Supper was Christ’s last Passover Seder.
PASSOVER is an 8-Day Festival, when Jews go to Synagogue, pray, and give thanks to Moses & God for our Liberation, and for bringing to the world the Ten Commandments & The Torah (the 5-Books of Moses).
OUTSIDE OF ISRAEL THERE ARE TWO SEDERS – IN ISRAEL THERE IS ONLY ONE:
Tonight, Friday April 22nd is the First Seder, when Jews from all around the world celebrate the story of Liberation, as is portrayed in the telling around the table of how Moses led the Jews from bondage.
Anne, Stryker and I will spend the First Seder tonight with my Older Sister, her family and friends, and the Second Seder tomorrow, with my younger sister, her family and friends.
BEFORE JUNE 1967:
While I was growing up, before the SIX-DAY War, when Israel won back Jerusalem in June of 1967 . . . Every Jew in the World would end their Seder declaring the following – “NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM”, referring to the exile of the Jewish People since 70-AD, after the Romans evicted the Jews and destroyed the Second Temple.
I fear . . . that today, most young Jews don’t really know the REAL MEANING of Passover. And that there are many elderly Jews who have either forgotten, or have chosen to forget what Passover really depicts.
I WOULD ALSO LOVE FOR CHRISTIANS . . . to understand the meaning of Passover, since in 3600-Years – the story and importance of Passover has not changed by even a comma, and its meaning is not only unique to Jews.
IT’S ALL ABOUT FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY . . . NOTHING MORE – NOTHING LESS:
Passover to many . . . if not most, especially amongst Secular Jews, has become a wonderful Food Fest and opportunity to retell the story of Jewish Liberation from the Egyptians, HOWEVER, we tell the story as if it’s an ancient story, and no longer a relevant tale that can ever happen again.
WE LIVE WITH THE THREAT OF BONDAGE EVERY DAY . . .
As hard as it is for us to believe, nothing has changed in over 3600-Years . . . as everyday, Jews are still fighting for our very Lives and Freedom in places like Israel and beyond, BUT SO ARE ALL OTHER FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE, especially Christians, who are being SLAUGHTERED for being Christian in the Middle East, while Christianity is under attack in Canada and the United States.
WE DON’T SEE IT . . . BUT WE’RE LOSING OUR FREEDOMS BY 1000-CUTS:
Every day, when one form of government or another passes a single law, that new or additional law establishes the LOSS of another Freedom. And no matter how important or insignificant that law might seem, it is like the Chinese Maxim of Death by 1000-CUTS, because eventually, whether we want to believe it or not, whether the pain of each cut is substantial or not, we will eventually BLEED-OUT AND DIE.
TO ME, EVERYDAY IS PASSOVER – ‘CAUSE EVERY DAY IS A THREAT TO OUR FREEDOMS:
I don’t expect other people to be as dour as I am, since I can’t help myself, just as I assume most people who read this BLOG are as well. But I would hope . . . that the people would at least have some concern for their Freedoms and the Freedoms and future for their families, before it becomes too late, and before they realize that Freedom is not now, and has never been FREE, and they too will and can Bleed-Out by a 1000-Seemingly-Painless-Cuts.
WHILE ALL THE PEOPLE AROUND THE SEDER TABLES . . . will be having a wonderful time eating delicious foods, more than any of us can really consume, retelling the Past Story of Passover, Anne and I will also be partaking with everyone, but I will be thinking more about our Present and Future Freedoms, while using the past 3600-Years as my guide.
I wish all my Friends and Readers, Jewish and Christian alike, a wonderful meaning of Passover.
AND NEXT YEAR – WE SHOULD STILL BE IN JERUSALEM:
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov