EASTER vs. PASSOVER



The HEBREW CALENDAR
UNDER "BABELIFICATION"

Passover and Easter, are written and encircled with great promise for both the Christian and Jew.  But to the Jew, the Resurrection story celebrated at Easter is repugnant because of what actually surfaces during  Easter by extremists injected with the deep lines of hatred.  Passover, a season of Jewish freedom on one hand and Easter a legacy of martyrdom for the Christian and fear of reprisal for the Jew on another.


•  PASSOVER   April 14,-22, 2014  -  
Agriculturally, it represents the beginning of the harvest season in Israel, but little attention is paid to this aspect of the holiday.  Most holidays of the Christians and Jews were tied to the seasons of birth and harvest as celebrated by the pagans.

The primary observances of Pesach are related to the Exodus from Egypt after generations of slavery.   The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown on the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday. 

Thus, the first Passover Seder is held on the evening of the first date listed. Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall.  The first two days of Passover from sundown of the first date listed, until nightfall two days later are full-fledged, no-work-allowed holiday days. The subsequent four days are work allowed in, albeit with restrictions.


•  EASTER April 20, 2114  - In both Greek and Latin, the 2nd-century Christian celebration was called Pascha, derived, through Aramaic, from the Hebrew term "Pesach" known in English as Passover, the Jewish festival commemorating the story of the Exodus.

The modern English term Easter, cognates with modern German Ostern, developed from the Old English word Ēastre or Ēostre.  This is generally held to have originally referred to the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess, Ēostre, a form of the widely attested Indo-European dawn goddess.

The evidence for the Anglo-Saxon goddess, however, has not been universally accepted, and some have proposed that Eostre may have meant "the month of opening" or that the name Easter may have arisen from the designation of Easter Week in Latin as in alibis.

In Western Christianity, Easter marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. The date varies for EASTER as the early  church fathers wished to keep the observance of Easter in correlation to the Jewish Passover

Because the believed death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, they wanted Easter to always be celebrated subsequent to the Passover.

And, since the Jewish holiday calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles, each feast day is movable, with dates shifting from year to year. Today in Western Christianity, Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon date of the year.

 

FOR THE JEW
It is the holiday of the month in which Israel walked out from under the shadow of Egyptian tyranny, and in that same month, centuries later brought a brutality worse than the one from which they had been released. 

In the Synagogue, his heart swelled with pride and joy at being a Jew. It promised the Jew, life, freedom and yet... it is the month that brought him death and religious persecution during the Inquisition and later in the Ghetto.  Once again  he was being persecuted and thrown into bondage. He suffered humiliation, pillage, and massacre  for being born a Jew.

In the church, during Easter Christians sang exultant hymns to the glory of the resurrected Jew of Nazareth.  For the Jew, it is the month of the greatest martyrdoms in Israel between the days of Good Friday and Easter Monday.   The Christian's Easter worship throughout the Dark and Middle Ages, meant, for the Jew, the extremists who riot and ruin, pillage and plunder, outrage and atrocity, torture and death.   And the Super Bowl of prejudice, The Inquisition, one of the the highlights of inhumanity and at the same time Easter Sunday, there was glorification of the Jew of Nazareth in the churches. 

TODAY
Civil law was the answer for the assaults… Hopefully there is no fear to-day in the Jewish quarter, of insult or assault or the need for special guards at ghetto gates, barricaded doors and windows, hiding valuables in fear of plunder, protecting the women, children and the aged…And our men are not assembled fasting and mourning in the synagogue awaiting the Christian's rushing from his church awaiting his merciless onslaught with club and pike and torch.  There is no longer a compulsory Jewish quarter like as in Warsaw at all.  Torn down are the ghetto walls but only those of brick, stucco and plaster.  hatred for no sane reason still exists.

Destroyed are the external dividing lines between the Christian and the Jew.  Credit that to the Reformation, to the work of the printing press, to the popularization of knowledge, to the teaching of science, thanks to the layman throwing off the yoke of priests and monarchs, here, in the United States. 

We should fear no Easter onslaught on Jews, except for those living in benighted and priest-ridden lands, this Easter week still reeks of the Easter of the Dark and Middle Ages in those places still living in the past in Rumania, Russia, or Hungary, fanatic hatred and of bigoted greed may be at work in riots and massacres in Jewish quarters. Perpetrated by hands still wet from the holy water with which they crossed themselves in church now armed with weapons.

THE "BABELFICATIONS"
“They blame the Jews’ for the Crucifixion of the Son of God”.  Jews suffer not from the Easter riots on this one-day of Easter.  Every day, all the year round, there is an injustice, an anguish, which, considering the modern times in which we live is quite hard to bear.  The claim it was the Jews who killed your Savior.

ANS:  We as Jews did not kill your Savior, the Romans did.  It is not in our DNA and the tenets of God handed down to us. All one has to do is look back in the history, the road entrance alone to Rome at one time held the crucifixions of as many as two hundred thirty crucifixes at one time.   

Crucifixion was used for slaves, pirates, and enemies of the state for high treason. It was considered a most shameful and disgraceful way to die. Condemned Roman citizens were usually exempt from crucifixion except for major crimes against the state, such as high treason.

Notorious mass crucifixions followed the Third Servile War in 73–71 BC, actually the slave rebellion under Spartacus to frighten other slaves from revolting.  Crassus crucified 6,000 of Spartacus' men along the Appian Way from Capua to Rome.  Other notable highlights were the Roman civil wars in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, and the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Josephus tells a story of the Romans crucifying people along the walls of Jerusalem. He also says that the Roman soldiers would amuse themselves by crucifying criminals in different positions. In Roman-style crucifixion, the condemned could take up to a few days to die.

The dead body was left up for vultures and other birds to consume. Under ancient Roman penal practice, crucifixion was also a means of exhibiting the criminal's low social status. It was the lowest form of death imaginable, originally reserved for slaves. The citizen class of Roman society was almost never subject to capital punishments; instead, they were fined or exiled.

Josephus mentions Jews of high rank who were crucified, but this was to point out that their status had been taken away from them.  The Romans often broke the prisoner's legs to hasten death and usually forbade burial. They left them for the vultures.  

 

THE SECOND GREAT BABELIFICATION*
"That Jews were slaughtering Christians and used their blood for the Passover bread”    Nice touch but it will never change the dynamics of unleavened bread called Matzohs.  Thank goodness this one has slowly drifted off the table.  What scumbag could have even though this statement up.  It was perpetrated by the ignorant, sometimes brutal, fanatical, priest-ridden people, in their complete ignorance of what God had done for the Jews.

Again, our Passover bread is unleavened bread meaning no rising ingredients or yeast. Let me tell you something of Matzos, this bread is made entirely of wheat, flour and water and contains nothing else, period and it looks like and tastes like cardboard, yuck! 

I guarantee you because Manishevitz the certified Matzo maker vendor of Passover guarantees nothing other than 100% wheat, flour and water, and by themselves Matzohs taste horrid.  And if it wasn’t for jelly, butter, cream cheese, peanut butter, liberally spread on, I could not get it down, period.

My mother would crumble it and make it into three egg omelets for me and my brother, liberally covered with sugar, jelly, butter, cream cheese, maple syrup or peanut butter.  Tolerable and well disguised.

The Lord allowed Matzoh to be changed, altered, up-graded and made more digestible   It truly follows the path of Ramen Noodles going through the same metamorphosis to palatability.

We, however, live in a different age, under a different spirit, and amidst a different humanity - a humanity that is tolerant but not perfect.  In the eyes of the Law, Jew and Christian are alike, and in worldly relationship we mingle freely with one another.  Sort of putting up with your brother in law you can’t stand but tolerate certain times of the year.  Prejudices and hatreds exist and separate us wide.  

Some Sunday and some Public Schools, in violation, contrary to the Constitution still preach against the Jew during fundamentalist Easter services preached to-day. With fervent eloquence, emotion, passion, it is the story of the blood-thirsty Jews.  If this story had been true, even if such a crime had been committed by Jews, it would be very unlike the spirit of Christ to keep on preaching and enacting it.  The true Christian does not engender prejudices and hatred.  Nor inciting assaults and outrages, against Jews of the present day, for a crime their ancestors are charged with having committed nearly two millennial ago.

The church has much to atone for, for it has done enough evil… hatred exists today and in the next chapter we explore the not so nice exploits of the Church.


INCREASE IN ANTI - SEMITISM
Credits to Keith Wagstaff 

November 10 is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the massive NAZI brown shirt pogrom launched against the country’s Jewish population that resulted in at least 91 deaths, thousands of people sent to concentration camps, and more than 1,000 Jewish businesses burned to the ground.

That was seven decades ago. Still, according to a report by the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), anti-Semitism remains a reality for many Jews in Europe. The survey questioned 5,847 people who identified as Jewish in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden, and the U.K. The results are disturbing  published in Der Spiegel.

76 % - Respondents who said they had noticed an uptick in anti-Semitic hostility in their home country over the last five years.

66 % - Respondents who said anti-Semitism was still a problem in Europe.

46 % - Respondents who said they were afraid of being verbally harassed because they were Jewish.


ALIVE AND WELL
IN THE United States
Those numbers led the FRA to conclude that "while member states have made sustained efforts to combat anti-Semitism, the problem is still widespread.”  The study was limited to Europe. Anti-Semitism, however, is not.

In Pine Bush, N.Y., three Jewish families are suing their school district for "pervasive anti-Semitism and indifference by school officials," reports The New York Times. Jewish students reportedly had to deal with swastikas that "seemed to be everywhere," according to the Times, as well as verbal harassment and acts of physical intimidation and violence.

The Times describes the experience of one student, identified only as D.R.:  D.R. was in sixth grade when a school-sponsored ski trip turned ugly. A boy on the bus ride home asked if he was Jewish, and when D.R. answered yes, a group of students began taunting him with slurs, he testified. One boy then repeatedly punched him in the stomach "until I was ready to throw up," D.R. said in his account… D.R., now 16 and a junior, testified that early this year, he saw four or five Pine Bush students goose-stepping and high-fiveing with Nazi salutes in the hallway. Reported in the New York Times.

"Every day at the high school," another girl testified, "I would go in, and I would just have the worst day of my life.”  The Times reporter, asking residents of Pine Bush if they had noticed an anti-Semitism problem, came across 42-year-old John Barker, who remarked, "Who really wants them here? They don't belong here."

Sadly, that kind of verbal hatred has been complemented by the rise of the internet, which, according to the FRA survey, has become the main forum for anti-Semitism in Europe.

The explanation of why anti-Semitism has persisted from the early days of Christianity to the Internet Age is long and complex. Anthony Grafton, writing inThe New Republic, does a decent job of it reviewing David Nirenberg's Anti-Judaism.

Regardless of its historical origins, the fact remains that the problem is actually getting worse.

"Anti-Semitism is acceptable again," Anetta Kahane, director of a German anti-discrimination group, told the BBC. "It must be said clearly — those who say something anti-Semitic tacitly legitimize physical attacks on Jews.”   Susan Nota, a volunteer for the Jewish Federation near Pine Bush, put it another way.

"I teach about the Holocaust," she said to the Times. "I know what can happen when people look the other way.”  As well we know, and it will never forget or let it happen again...

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