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Meshuga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-11 08:25 PM
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42. I haven't been to a passover seder where people focused on whether the story is true or not
Edited on Mon Apr-18-11 08:26 PM by Meshuga
And it would be pretty fucking stupid if they did, in my opinion. Passover is an important holiday to us Jews because it tells the story of the "birth" of the Jewish people (and freedom).

The point of the holiday is to celebrate Jewishness. It's about our story. Not about our history.

Judaism is a religion focused on the survival of the tradition. It's about heritage, birthright, and passing it on. It's not focused on certain belief. Although Jews are free to believe as they wish.

While there are Jews who might think the fairy tale is true, and others (including Rabbis) who are sure it's not, the message is missed if the focus is on the discussion whether a fantastic story really happened.

In short, the answer from this observer here to the title of the thread (and the thread) is: "who gives a shit?"

-Meshuga (an observant heeb)

ps. Perhaps that is the wine talking. But rather than focusing on whether a supernatural being from a story really parted a sea (or not) or if the big bad wolf really was able to huff and puff and blow the talking pig's house down, I like to focus on sharing the tradition with my kids. At least they seem to enjoy it.
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