March 29, 2010, - 6:16 pm

Passover – Celebration of Our Freedom – 2010

By Debbie Schlussel

To my friends and readers:

Tonight is the start of Passover (“Pesach,” in Hebrew), the Jewish celebration of our freedom from slavery in Egypt, so many years ago.

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Passover Seder Plate

If you are Jewish, a Happy and Kosher Passover to you. If you are not, please note that because, at sundown tonight, Passover begins, I’ll be out of blog commission until Wednesday Night. No worries, though, because I’ve prepared some stuff I think is good, timely, and interesting, which will be up during the next couple of days in my absence.

On Passover, for eight days, we don’t eat leavened bread, and instead, eat a flat, cracker-like bread (of which the dough doesn’t have time to rise), called “matzoh.” (It’s not a low-carb holiday.) For the first two nights, we hold a special ceremonial dinner, called the “Seder” (which means “order”) during which we tell the story of the Jews’ enslavement and how G-d performed miracles and freed them from Egypt, taking them to the land of Israel (yes, Jews have been in Israel since then, not just after the Holocaust as the Muslims would have you believe). We eat certain foods, such as bitter herbs and vegetables dipped in salt water, to remember the bitterness and tears of slavery.

This cute music video that explains the basics:

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Passover Matzoh

I’ve written about Passover many times in years past (see also here), and you can read even more details here, here, and here.

But for now, please note that the holiday has special meaning, especially at this time. The Jews beat their Middle Eastern oppressors then and every enemy since. We’ve always survived. And I hope and pray we will survive our Mid-Eastern enemies now–including those now in our midst on U.S. shores (and throughout Europe). The Jews’ Egyptian slavers then are no longer around (the current Egyptians are not of the same people). But these contemporary replacements give them a run for their money.

One other note: a lot of companies, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi, make special Kosher for Passover versions of some of their products. I especially like the kosher for Passover Coke because, since corn syrup is not kosher, it’s made with a purer form of sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Can’t stand the ketchup, though. It’s never quite as good as the non-Passover kind, in my opinion.

See you back on Wednesday Night. And until then, please stay tuned to the stuff I’ve written for you in my absence.

Thanks for your continued readership. Although I always joke that “these Jewish holidays are killing me,” this holiday is truly the time of my freedom because I will be away from my computer and reading and relaxing. (Right now, I’m reading the true story of a woman who finds out her parents were in the Mafia, and I’ll be reviewing it, I’m sure, at some point.) Thanks for sticking and staying while I’m away.

Here’s a hilarious “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Passover video from the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch movement, brought to my attention by my brilliant friend and great blogster, Vicious Babushka. I posted it, last year, but it’s funny, so twice is nice. But please ignore the dates and days of Passover in the video, since they’re from 2009.

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46 Responses

Happy Pesach!

I certainly think that there are many similarities between the situation of the Jewish people today, and that of Biblical times.

As you suggested, It is almost as if all of us were enslaved on an international basis by an anti-Semitic elite (Obama and most of his Republican counterparts, European leaders, Muslims, etc., etc.; and Israel is a small oasis under siege). There is an international anti-semitic movement that has control of virtually all major countries, the UN, the press, and so on, so there is certainly a deep meaning to Pesach today.

Little Al on March 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    “Republican counterparts”? What are you talking about? Don’t you mean the Democratic party? There are now officially the party of anti-Semitism in the USA.

    Julian on March 31, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I find it odd that god would ruin a nation, kill thousands of children and pretty much all cattle just because his supposed chosen were slaves, but did absolutely nothing while 6 million more chosen were being exterminated.

Nak on March 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm

It’s a wonderful celebration of God’s deliverance. I love the fact that you took everything from Egypt when you left. It’s called back wages.

goldenmike4393 on March 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Doesn’t it seem odd that Egypt remained at peak power and prosperity after all these bad things that supposedly happened to it in the bible? I mean how does a nation whose king and heir, along with it’s military and first born children gone and was just looted by the departing workforce stay the most powerful nation for several more centuries? Egypt was in ruin and yet did not get taken over by enemies who would surely use this time to attack.
Oh yeah it’s because it never happened.

Nak on March 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Hmm-I guess those thousand year old Egyptian style chariot parts and wheels that have been found at the bottom of the Red Sea along one of the most probable routes of the Exodus are fake! Thanks for clearing this up. (Of course you wouldn’t hear about that because that sort of ‘news’ doesn’t get out into the mid-stream news.)

    T. Y. on March 29, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Don’t be a blank.

    The Hebrews were delivered from Egyptian bondage as promised. Read Prophets of Old Testament.

    God took care of them. On the way out, the Hebrews took the wealth of Egypt (their back wages).

    Since that time, Eqypt has been relegated to the boneyard of human history. It pleases me to know that they live under that curse to this day.

    goldenmike4393 on March 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Happy celebrations, Debbie, and all Jewish brothers and sisters!
Long live Israel and Jewish people. True Hindus stand with you all the way. Shalom!

IndianTiger on March 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Happy Pesach Debbie,
Jesus is the Passover lamb for his blood purchased my freedom from slavery to sin and its condemnation. He is the Messiah who was rejected, and will come again one day when Israel turns to him in true repentance–when they are pressed in like the brothers were in Genesis–, who had sold Joseph away.

ISA 53:1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a LAMB to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

BB on March 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Your right! Jesus was the passover lamb and when his blood hit the land, everyone’s past, present and future debts/sins were paid in full with Lawful “Dejure” money of substance, instead of priests paying for your debts/sins with animal blood or “Defacto” money as was done every year before Jesus died & zeroed out all our debt/sin accounts that we ALL owed to his father. Everyone who does not accept this awesome gift from the Messiah, will soon be doomed to wandering around in a commercial desert for 40 years & Exodus 12 will happen all over again. i.e. on or before Dec. 21, 2012.
    You’ve been warned…

    Who cares? on March 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    As you know, Easter jumps around each calendar year. But, the year of Christ’s crucifixion, it was Passover and the Lamb rose on the Third Day.

    goldenmike4393 on March 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm

No that sort of news does get out, the “evidence” was simply pictures taken by a third rate archeologist of a wheel, bones and coral formations.

Nak on March 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you for the Islamist sludge. Your remarks tell us more about you than you could possibly imagine.

    Worry01 on March 29, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Corn is kosher at other times of the year but not for Passover. For drinks, water, grape juice, fruit juice and orange juice will do. I’ve tried shmurah matzah and in my opinion, the round kind is superior to the machine made version. The only drawback is its fragile and breaks into pieces during shipping. Nothing to be done about it. There’s potatoes, deli meats, eggs and cheeses. The common denominator to the Passover diet is the requirement the food be unprocessed and “alive.” That’s why leavens are avoided and the theme is the gift of freedom is given to us by G-d. It must never be forgotten. And telling the story through the Haggadah is a great way to reconnect the past to the present and to relive the experience of one’s ancestors as though they were there.

Chag Sameach Pessah!

NormanF on March 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Great to read your website. It’s refreshing and you cut to the chase. The Passover(Pesach) is indeed the frreing and redemption of the people and , the very idea of a nation based upon Hashem. Oh, and yes, Sephardim/Mizrahi Jews can use and consume corn and rice. The Minhag is slightly different. Hag Pesach Kasher VSimhah.

Binyamin I. Efreom on March 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Hag Pesach Kasher VSimhah Debbie and for SOOOOOO MANY YEARS TO COME.

Daniel. on March 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Worry01 I would love to know how you define logic. How does denying biblical events make me Islamist considering Muslims also have to believe in these events as well. I deny these events because there is no evidence to be found.
The number one piece of evidence to prove the exodus would be if Egypt suddenly collapsed as a nation around the 2500’s BC due to the events in the bible.

Let me explain:

All cattle and crops were killed by god.
If all the rivers of Egypt turned to blood then obviously all marine life would have died.
All first born children of every non Hebrew including the children of Egyptian slaves as it says in the bible are dead.
The Pharaoh is dead.
His heir to the throne is dead.
The government is in turmoil.
The Military has been destroyed or reduced to almost nothing.
The Jews looted what they could as they left.
The Land of Egypt would be in ruins, the population lowered, morale will be very low, the vast majority of the labor force has just left which would lead to a collapsed economy.

And yet Egypt survived the most horrific catastrophe and never thought to write it down somewhere? How do you explain such an ancient civilization surviving this ordeal when even today it took a couple of years just to fix up New Orleans after one hurricane.
Simple answer is it never happened.

Nak on March 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Nak, the whole point of this thread is she is talking about Passover. I’m not Jewish but it is disrespectful to tell someone there religion is bunk on the eve of their various rituals. The debates should be on another thread.

    dougx on March 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Simple Answer:

    People at that time were less able to deal with catasrophic events as the nature of infrastuture and understanding of hygene was far different than today. The cultural traditions of the Jews shielded then from pestilance and famine. Also: The Jews were able to leave Egypt, in part, because of the LEADERSHIP of Moses.

    The reason NOLA took so long to recover from Katrina wasn’t infrastructure, but rather LACK OF LEADERSHIP by Democrats in charge of the City and State.

    Sam Adams on March 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Had the chance today to watch Defiance twice and for the first time since it has been released. I was crying most of the time.

We should be the same way to save our country from terror, drugs and corruption.

For GOD’S SAKE WAKE UP PLEASE BEFORE THEY PASS US OVER TO OUR END.

Daniel. on March 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm

The events of Israel and the egyptians most certainly did happen. Sesostris III would have been the pharaoh who oppressed the Israelite slaves, and Sobekneferu, the daughter of Amenemhet III, was the princess who rescued Moses from the Nile. Neferhotep I was the pharaoh who refused to let the Israelites go and who subsequently drowned in the Red Sea with his army.

The Amalekites were the mysterious Hyksos who invaded Egypt after the Egyptian army had been destroyed. Going further back in history, Khufu was probably the pharaoh that Abraham met when he visited Egypt. Having a correct chronology for Egyptian history provides a basis for identifying archaeological findings which further support the accuracy of the Old Testament.

All biblical events did happen. Creationism, archeology, science, logic, fulfilled prophecy, all of these show this when studied. I am not exactly a big zionist, but Israel, even tho they turned from Christ who is God, still have a right to their God given land. Saved or unsaved God gave them the land and will eventually bring them back to Christ.

As a saved christian I don’t have to do anything like passover.

Rom. 14:1-23 talks about liberty in the matter of holy days.

COL 2:9-17
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”

Christopher Nelson on March 29, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Happy Passover, Debbie. Take a break from the computer, tv, etc., always a good idea.

dougx on March 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Debbie, what are your thoughts on Gary Greenberg’s hypothesis that the Exodus and the Osareph rebellion are the same event?

Dan on March 30, 2010 at 2:49 am

Happy Passover to all my Jewish allies.

KK on March 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

Nak,

At which website do you discuss the historic and archeological proof that there was a man named Jesus Christ?

Craig Mulligan on March 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Where is the proof that a man named Jesus did NOT exist? Are you saying that Mathew, Mark and Luke, all first hand eyewitnesses and hand picked by Jesus himself, were all lying?

    Where you there? Than how can you say that what they memorialized in writing was ALL bunk? Have the scribes ever lie to us? Would they knowingly promote a hoax or LIE for posterity?

    Who cares? on March 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Have a fabulous Passover Debbie, from your eBay admirer!!

HotWasabiPeas on March 30, 2010 at 10:33 am

I don’t discuss proof of Jesus but I still believe he existed as a normal mortal man who got killed for preaching something different.

And to Dougx I started the whole egypt thing because Debbie explained how God freed the Jews from the Egyptians. I then said why would he kill children and destroy a country for his chosen people yet do nothing while 6 million of his chosen were being exterminated in the holocaust.

There is still no proof of anything in the old testament like the flood or the exodus, let alone the absurd belief we all descend from 2 people only 6000 years ago.

Nak on March 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Do you really think we ALL came from an Amoeba in a mud puddle? That’s the logic of what they think and believe on Shutter Island is it NOT?

    Who cares? on March 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Happy Pesach Debbie.

Anonymous Twit on March 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Nak: Fine, then show us pictures of your monkey ancestors.

Anonymous Twit on March 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm

“yes, Jews have been in Israel since then, not just after the Holocaust as the Muslims would have you believe”

actually Shlomo Sands, Israeli University Professor wrote a wonderful book about this you should all read it.

Commie on March 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

What monkey ancestors? Humans and apes simply evolved from the same ancestor. Over 150 years of evidence in all fields of science is enough to show it. But no you religious idiots think we are descended from 2 people and their incestuous kids? How bout showing me some proof of that, or that the universe is actually 6000 years old.

Nak on March 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm

“I then said why would he kill children and destroy a country for his chosen people yet do nothing while 6 million of his chosen were being exterminated in the holocaust.”

What makes you think he did nothing?
Simply because you are too limited to see the hand of the chessplayer behind the moves on the board does not mean that the chessplayer isn’t there.

But remember also that God helps those what help themselves. Sitting around waiting for a miracle doesn’t get you one. Work for it, like the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto.

luagha on March 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I read someone’s comment that Sobekneferu (Name translates to “Beauty of Sobek”) was the Egyptian Princess that pulled a baby from the marsh.
Sir, I love anything to do with Ancient Egypt and I do not believe this is the princess you are talking about.
Sobekneferu is not reported to have adopted or taken in any children.
I am not Jewish but I do have some knowledge on what’s in the Midrash.
The Egyptian Princess in the passover story is called “Bithiah.”

Wikipedia has an article on her.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bithiah

Anyways, Debbie, I have a question to ask you.

You stated:
“The Jews’ Egyptian slavers then are no longer around (the current Egyptians are not of the same people).”

I’m just curious but what race/ethnicity were Phaoroah and his people then?
I always assumed they were either Persian or Arab.

Charybdis_SeaStar on March 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I think many of them were actually Greek.

    Julian on March 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Can you, after 4 cups of wine, break a matzoh piece cleanly and straight?

Enjoy the holiday.

Yisrael Medad on March 31, 2010 at 5:28 am

Happy Passover Debbie and other readers, G-ds blessings to you all :)

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linda on March 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I wonder how the Moslem in the White House enjoyed his fake Seder?

Julian on March 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Excellent post, Debbie. Happy Pesach to my fellow Jews reading this. :)

JeffE on April 1, 2010 at 12:43 am

It is fascinating to read how some people fear to concede the truth. Those who don’t believe in creationist suffer from reality syndrome. In plain word everything in earth is and was created europe, america and etc were either created or made by men and God they did not evolve from apes. Nobody want to tell us, for instance, who,where and how element like nitrogen was made. Therefore, there must be a super natural being who permited all these to come to being. Israel is the only nation in the world whose stateship and religious practise is still the same over 3500 yrs. But egypt has changed, europe changed america is changing, africa has been westernized but israel is stil there and christianity has remined to withstood the test of time happy pesach. Debbie!

Kenwaf on April 2, 2010 at 5:52 am

I hope that you had a beautiful and blessed Passover. I was fortunate enough to attend a wonderful and memorable service here in the Jerusalem of the North. If you ever need a good story, how about covering the fact that the Lithuanian government is giving support to the first Jewish library in Lithuania since the war. The Vilnius Jewish Library will be open this summer.

Wyman Brent on April 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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