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Next Year May We Be Free

The following refers to the matzoh that was eaten in my home tonight at our Passover Seder, and is taken from the Haggadah that is read each year at Passover—

This is the bread of affliction that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. All who are hungry-let them come and eat. All who are needy-let them come and celebrate the Passover with us. Now we are here; next year may we be in the Land of Israel. Now we are slaves; next year may we be free.

You can take this as literal or metaphoric. In any case, there is always the hope of being freed from bondage and affliction, and there is always the hope that we can move towards the place in life that we see as best and most just.

Here are facts about Passover, the Haggadah, and the Passover Seder. Passover marks the freedom of the Jews from slavery in Egypt.

April 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why Did God Not Just Reason With Pharaoh?

It is Passover for 2010.

Could someone please explain to me why God did just did not reason with Pharaoh instead of intentionally making him harden his heart to the point where the first born of Egypt had to be killed?

Reasoning with Pharaoh would have set a global precedent for the peaceful resolution of conflict.

I’m not being flippant. I’d just like somebody to explain why another solution was not possible.

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

The Stone The Builders Rejected

Reading my Passover Haggadah at our household Seder last night , I came across my favorite words in the Bible. They are from Psalm 118 and are as follows—  

The stone which the builders rejected (has) become the chief corner-stone.

Below is the Hebrew–

אֶבֶן, מָאֲסוּ הַבּוֹנִים–    הָיְתָה, לְרֹאשׁ פִּנָּה.

Here is the entire Psalm in English and in Hebrew. 

Above is the cornerstone of  Gemiluth Chessed Synagogue in Port Gibson, Mississippi. This synagogue, now closed, has an interesting history and is well worth clicking to link to read about.

Here is information about Port Gibson, Mississippi.

Please click here to read about the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.

The Stone that the builders rejected is become the chief corner-stone is a bible verse an aging punk rocker can love. (Please click here to read my greatest punk rock moments.) 

In the beginning you are at odds with the world. But with time and effort, people will come around to see what you have been seeing.  

If you stay the course and work at it, you can be the stone that was rejected, but that is now a cornerstone in the lives of others.

April 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Passover Seder Tonight

Passover begins tonight. There will be a Seder in my home tonight.

Above you see a Passover Seder plate with the traditional foods.

Please click here for an explanation of these foods.  

Here is the Passover story.

Here are some basic facts about Judaism.

Below is an image of the Passover story being read in 14th century Spain.


April 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 3 Comments