by Steve Lancaster 4/16/19
I admit being a secular Jew, also a Marine and retired officer of CIA. I hold citizenship as a native born American and returned Israeli. To my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren I have taught that Passover is not an event that happened some 3000 years ago but is happening now in our daily lives. It is not just some old guys, with beards, robes and staffs, who look surprisingly like Charlton Hesston, but our family, friends and neighbors walking to freedom. To defend that freedom, I joined the Marines and as a Jew I defended our people and our freedom in the ’73 war. My son and grandson continue the effort today with the IDF. A grand daughter and another grandson will follow as they finish school.
Christians, according to individual, traditions and ritual will be celebrating Good Friday this week. For Christians this is the first Communion. For Jews, it was a Passover Seder. At the conclusion of the Seder, Elijah’s cup is placed by an open door. We wait for the prophet to announce the Messiah and answer all questions. My personal theory, not proven by the Gospels or any other source, is that when Christ lifted The Cup, it was Elijah’s Cup. To traditional Jews this would have been an act of extreme heresy. I think it was this act that sent Judas to betray Christ and led directly to his death.
Freedom is a delicate thing, it must be defended, cherished and celebrated. As Jews we do that not only at Passover but in our daily lives. As far as I know, we are the only people who live with a constant reminder that freedom isn’t free. Would that we could really turn our swords in to plowshares. I do not see that happening anytime soon. • (143 views)