Introduction to the article below.
Passover is a Judaic ritual, the Israelis held every year during the period from April 15th to April 23rd. The Ramadan begins on April 12th and ends on May 12th every year. This is the roots of the annual provocations at Al Aqsa by Israeli extremists under illegal protection by occupying forces.
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Myth No. 1
The Seder tells the historical story of the Israelites leaving Egypt.
A lot of literalist religious perspectives, both Jewish and Christian, presume that the Exodus story is a faithful recording of historical fact. For example, like many Jewish literalists, Rabbi Yirmiyahu Ullman of the Ohr Somayach Orthodox outreach network bases his claim on the story of revelation at Sinai: “Since the entire religion is predicated on this mass-revelation, no one could ever convince an entire nation to accept the religion based on a purported experience that no one ever had.”
Some scholars wonder if the Exodus might be connected to the Hyksos, a Semitic population that ruled Lower Egypt from 1630 to 1523 B.C., when they were defeated and expelled. Others say there may have been an Israelite Exodus, but smaller in number than the Torah relates; scholar Richard Elliott Friedman, for example, uses literary analysis to suggest that the Exodus may have involved only Levites who moved into, and influenced, the Israelites living in Canaan.
Regardless, some truths are deeper than history: The story of enslavement and liberation is a deep, indelible facet of Jewish theology. And a mature faith can hold an expansive understanding of God and holy texts that embraces the ways this story — no matter whether it happened historically — helps us see who we are and the nature of our obligations to those oppressed today.
*) To our understanding of the New Testimony, Mary, the mother of Jesus, put her son, who was then a baby, in a basket to let him afloat in a river because the Romans were looking for every new born after they received the message that the new king was born. However, in the Judaic Chapter 2, Exodus 2:1-10', we found this: "Amid an order from Pharaoh to murder newborn Hebrew boys, Moses' mother places him in a basket along the side of the river, staging her daughter there to observe."
Myth No. 2
The Seder is a purely Jewish tradition.
The Torah tells us to clear out leaven for the week of Passover and eat unleavened bread, to slaughter the paschal lamb and eat it with matzah and bitter herbs , and to teach the story to our children. Many more of the elements of today’s Seder are found in the Mishnah and the Talmud , and the evolution of the holiday meal is usually seen as a natural and purely Jewish process.
In fact, many scholars today argue that the Seder is based on the Greco-Roman model of the symposium (see photo), which involved, among other things that may sound familiar to anyone celebrating Passover, a banquet framed by specific appetizers, eating in a reclining position, drinking a predetermined number of cups of wine, songs of praise, easily accessible questions, and deep discussion of philosophical matters that lasted sometimes all night.
Myth No. 3
Jesus' Last Supper was a Passover Seder.
*) According to the Christians: "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body. ' And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, 'Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins."
Catholics believe that during this final meal, Jesus blessed the bread and wine and said, “This is my body ... This is my blood.” Roman Catholic Church teachings say Jesus is present in the consecrated Communion wafer and wine, also known as the Eucharist, which means thanksgiving, each time parishioners receive them.
For Muslims, referring to God as Father carries the connotation of there being sons, and the idea of God having sons is abhorrent to Islam. While Jesus (PBUH) may or may not have had a special, last supper with his friends, the Quran says nothing about this. So, Muslims are unable to comment .
Myth No. 4
The Seder centers on asking and answering four questions.
Many Jews learned the Four Questions when we were kids — to recite them by heart, to a familiar tune. The questions formally kick off the retelling of the story of the Exodus; they are often considered the heart of the service.
Myth No. 5
There's a standard list of foods Jews avoid during Passover.
Many people know that Jewish law prohibits eating chametz at Passover — food made from or including wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has fermented or risen. This is a mainstay in “Passover 101” articles . What’s often left out (I myself didn’t realize it until becoming more religiously observant in my 20s) is the extent of chametz in everyday products — not just bread, pasta, cookies, cakes and beer, but also soy sauce with wheat, wheat-based vinegars or processed foods with an impressive range of additives. Many Jews are strict in their engagement with this practice, but less traditionally engaged Jews might be less so.
source: The Washington Post with writing Danya Ruttenberg who is a rabbi, scholar in residence at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and the author of "Surprised by God," "Nurture the Wow" and other books.