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“What is a Jewish holiday? They tried to kill us. We survived. Now let’s eat!”© by Rabbi David Baum

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“What is a Jewish holiday? They tried to kill us. We survived.  Now let’s eat!”© by Rabbi David Baum Acharei Mot 2014/5774 - Congregation Shaarei Kodesh In one word – how would you describe the feeling of Passover? Many people say joyous, and in fact, our greeting for Passover is, hag kasher v’sameach, have a happy, and a kosher Passover. But let’s think back to Passover – is it a happy holiday? There’s an old Jewish joke:“What is a Jewish holiday?They tried to kill us, we survived, now let’s eat.”We focus on the ‘we survived, now let’s eat part, but the first part?We tend to skip over that. Let’s think back to the story – we have the killing of infant boys, drowning them in rivers, we have perpetual slavery – think about slavery for a moment.Who in here has seen the movie 12 Years A Slave?The movie is a true story about, Solomon Northup, a free African American man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.The movie shows the bitterness of his ordeals – the beatings, the hard labor, t…