Thursday, April 21, 2011

Second Passover Seder/Good Friday concurrence ...

When the Jewish cohort of my family lived in the US and we visited them for the holidays, they would celebrate what is known as The Second Seder on the first Sabbath after the beginning of the celebration. We always enjoyed the celebration of the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.  My brother created a family Haggadah (the fulfillment of the biblical obligation to recount to Jewish children the story of the Exodus on the night of Passover) that was quite impressive.

This year, the Second Seder coincides with the Holy Day called Good Friday, which is the most solemn day in all of Christianity.

This brings to mind the fact that Judaism and Christianity are closely related: Judaism was the first monotheistic religion and Christianity was its direct descendant. Both religions share the Old Testament as their Holy Book.  Christianity's New Testament tells the story of a Jewish carpenter who brought his version of belief to the world and sacrificed himself to the whims of the Romans.

God bless us all!  And have a wonderful Easter morning!