Passover

Published April 21, 2016, issue of April 21, 2016.

Passovers come and Passovers go.

No Passover is ever the same, as every holiday we celebrate is idiosyncratic, which is to say, all holidays are the same in many ways, but they are, each of them different, every time.

Passover this year in America finds the Jewish people en masse at relative peace and calm. It is a time of prosperity, tolerance, extended and continuing assimilation with more than a few sprinkles here and there of anti-Jewish sentiment.

The changing American Jewish outlook towards Israel is a paramount issue during this Passover season.

The love affair with Israel for American Jews, and especially for liberal and progressive American Jews, is over.

Only the conservative right backs Israel as though the times have not changed.

But the times have changed.

During this Passover holiday season there is much talk about Israel needing to change how they treat the Palestinians.

We don’t believe there was ever such talk in ancient Egypt where no politician or royal leader was besieged by his own people demanding that the slavery of the Jewish people be put to a stop immediately and that the Egyptian army soldiers lay down their arms.

Perhaps the comparison is an oversimplification.

At the Passover Seder this year, we should count all our blessings.

Those of us who pray should spend some energy praying for a continuation of everything that is good about Jewish American life.

If you don’t pray, well, think about how good things are.

Give a thought to perpetuating this good.

At the Seder table, recount the mysteries of our past, sit back in your chairs and exult.

This Passover is a very good time in our lives.

Enjoy it.

Happy Passover.



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