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Yom Chamishi, 29 Iyyar 5777

The Beaumont Rabbi's Blog

The Beaumont Rabbi's Blog

Wrestling For Their Sake and Ours As Well

on Thursday, 28 March 2013.

 

In an effort to be bipartisan, a pair of articles, one appearing in the Wall Street Journal and the other appearing in the New York Times, discussed a phenomenon that has been in the air for a few decades yet has flown under the radar for most of us. The subtle and sensitive issue (at least for some) discussed in these two pieces is the quiet encroachment of contemporary Christian practice (particularly in the fundamental Christian community) into the sphere of Judaism, specifically Jewish ritual and symbolism.

 

Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder Meal?

on Saturday, 16 March 2013. Posted in Rabbi

Or: Why Are Our Christian Neighbors Buying All of the Matzah?

Research confirms it. The most widely observed ritual in the Jewish world is the Passover Seder. More Jews worldwide participate in a Passover Seder than any other Jewish ritual. And why not? It includes three elements vital to the success of any dinner gathering: great food and lots of it, required consumption of numerous glasses of wine (while showing deferential respect to those around the table in recovery), and an ancient story that remains relevant as well as stimulates discussion and debate. The Passover Seder is the first, and continues to be, the most effective family education program and dinner party game plan ever conceived. It was only a matter of time before the Passover Seder began to attract serious attention from folks beyond the Jewish community.

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