Hello and Happy Passover to those of you who are celebrating. For those of you who are not celebrating this amazing holiday of freedom
and redemption....gosh I'm sorry. Perhaps it's because you think it's a "Jewish Holiday" and you are not inclined to have to know anything about it. I get it. But, because I have to sit thought endless hours of holiday music from October until the middle of January, here's a short story for you. (Guess you've realized that the politics of Sunday Morning Coffee won't be here this week because of the holiday...)
Passover is more than the classic "The Ten Commandments" you get to see each Easter. Why ABC airs The Ten Commandments during Easter has always befuddled me...but it's a classic and I wouldn't miss it. Passover is ordained in the Torah (First five books of the Bible). In Exodus 12:3 we read what Passover is. In Numbers 9:3 we read when it is to be celebrated.
Passover also marks the birth of a nation. The movement of going from slavery to freedom and then the giving of 613 Commandments at Mt. Sinai must have been an amazing event.
Yet, it was not done without struggle and doubt and outright rebellion on the part of the Jews.
If you want to take eight minutes and listen to the story of Passover you can click through on this audio portion that I did for Adas Israel of Mason City.
Because it's Passover and our family does celebrate the multi-day holiday with the traditional Seder and "time off". You won't get the usual political fun today.
But, G-d willing...next week watch out.
Happy Passover...and be nice.