Passover 2019

by Steve Lancaster4/16/19
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. • (153 views)

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  1. Timothy Lane says:

    There have been many theories as to why Judas acted. I believe Graves had him disgusted by the amount of feasting going on in that particular seder. One problem with any theory based on events at the Last Supper is that Judas had evidently already made some sort of arrangements.

    As such, much likelier reasons are either a desire to force Jesus’s hand and get him to start the rebellion that would overthrow Roman (and Herodian) rule over Israel (which my Fort Campbell pastor suggested), or conversely fear that the rise of the mob would lead Rome to crush the Israeli population (as suggested in Jesus Christ Superstar).

    I believe the term Paschal Lamb for the feast, and Christ himself, stems from the Hebrew and refers specifically to the lamb used at Passover. The Spanish word for Easter, in fact, is Pascua (e.g. the Isla de Pasqua). Is this in fact right?

    • Rosalys says:

      Yes, the Passover lamb was/is a picture of the coming Messiah, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Church always bored the hell out of me. (Hey…maybe it worked then.) Is was too much ritual and stained glass that meant nothing to me.(And still doesn’t, Notre Dame notwithstanding.) Is that my fault or did previous generatione suck all the reality from them? If I converted to Catholicism, how could I ever, in good faith, take Communion knowing that head of the church was a complete fraud who actually was working against the faith?

    But we need rituals. A flighty ritual Westerners have is venerating exotic and foreign things (at the expense of our own, which is different from simply venerating exotic things). These are safer rituals because there is nothing to uphold or defend. We can just vomit-out virtue-signaling, a facile fascination at how magnificent all those other rituals and people are with their foreign customs and such.

    But there are other cultures that can be venerated, or at least learned from. However, Jews have gone cuckoo for the most part. Christians aren’t far behind (and many are leading the pack). But imagine rituals grounded in actual events that effect a people and a nation as one. Even as Americans, we have little left of that, the f-tards of smart combining president’s day into a mush. We can rightly venerate George Washington. But they’re making it harder to even find him.

    I’m not sure that most Jews can distinguish between the Torah and Leftism. Surely many take as seriously their traditions as most Christians do during Christmas as they fuss over trees, cookies, and presents.

    But imagine actually doing these traditions (mass or Seder, for instance) with heart, soul, and seriousness while reflecting on what they mean, not just farting them out as reflexive habits, an in-group circle-jerk, a mark to check off.

    I know there are plenty of hard-core Christians who hate the whole idea of the Easter bunny, chocolate eggs, and all that. It is the trivialization of what is the core thing: the incarnation of the Creator into human form so that he could fix things in a more direct way. But the hard-core zealots tend to be insufferable in their dour nagging. Surely some light and love must enter the thing or it is no better than an Easter bunny.

    Notre Dame burns but there are many things that need to be burnt away in our culture. Steve says he’s a secular Jew. That’s honest. But he shouldn’t be. He should be a religious Jew. Same with me (either Jew or Christian…I could do either).

    But little is held holy these days. It’s not easy to be anything but a superficial idolater of one consumer thing or another. The forms are there but I sense the heart, head, and soul are not. But not just for a day the idea of Passover is important to all of us. May we find a point of meaning, belief, and purpose that grounds us and allows all the terrible gunk of this increasingly insane an inane culture to pass over us. Paint your lintel with whatever it takes to make that happen.

    Postscript:

    I’m still trying to figure out if this means I can’t watch my favorite Charlton Heston movie. Let my cinema go.

    “Moses”

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Gimme a hug!

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        LOL. I love playing “Caption This.” There used to be a site dedicated to that but I don’t think it’s in business anymore but you still sometimes see that shtick done. I’ll choose “Safe……..”

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I suspect that when I saw the movie as a child, the scene with the staffs being turned into cobras was most interesting. I had a fascination of sorts with snakes. Certainly it’s a scene that stayed in my memory. But the separation of the Red Sea (and its reversal) are truly spectacular scenes.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          “Safe……..”

          I like the double meaning. Just safe and then there is the Israelites are now safe.

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      I think, on reflection, that I have missed the term secular. A secular Jew would not observe Passover, I have and will. A secular–anything–does not enlist in the Marines with the intent of defending freedom, so I don’t pass muster on that one either and few if any secular Jews can or would fight with the IDF, well I was technically a US observer, but bullets don’t turn around if a technical civilian is in the way. What I should have wrote is mostly non-observant Jew.

      BTW, we drafted Heston as an honorary Jew back in about 1970, so you can still watch the movie. If your challenged just stay for the first five commandments. 🙂

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Sounds reasonable to me.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I think, on reflection, that I have missed the term secular.

        There are so many flavors of Jew, Steve, that no wonder I’m confused. 🙂

        Let me put it this way. Only God can put the proper label to you. And I’m pretty sure it’s alright to be an individual rather than get lost in groupthink. I guess that’s one aspect that keeps me at arm’s length from some of this stuff. It can get a little culty and group-thinky. And as much as I admire many aspects of Catholicism, I would never be comfortable with a priest supposedly absolving my sins. That whole confession thing comes awful close to some of the creepy stuff that Scientologists do. That said, I will continue to read books, off and on, by famous Catholics. There’s a lot to be gotten from them. Contrary to this now insane Leftist world we live in, criticism of something does not necessarily mean rejection of something or hatred of something. As Mr. Kung would say, life is complicated.

        My life study is ongoing as I’m sure everyone’s is here. I can’t wait until Dennis Prager publishes the next in his series of books. I’ve read his Exodus exegesis. And I think he’s doing Genesis next.

        I’m glad I’m cleared for The Ten Commandments with Heston considering I own that on Blu Ray. I’m certainly not a secular cinephile.

        Prager has, from time to time, denoted the various types of Jews. He’s not an orthodox Jew because he doesn’t observe all the Mosaic laws. He may label himself simply a conservative Jew. He does observe most of the big stuff including the Sabbath. How many Christians obey the Fourth Commandment? Probably relatively few although they may label themselves devout born-again Christians.

        I like the idea of studying this stuff and trying to put it into context with our own lives, all that we know, all that others know, and what seems logical and reasonable. But with religion, you either jump in or you don’t. And that jumping is almost never going to be something that one can rationally justify. Prager makes the same kind of point in one of his fireside chats. You can’t wait to be pinged on the head by an angel. You just have to walk the walk and do the things and then it might lead you further to a better understanding and experience.

        I guess there’s a lot of ways to walk the walk. Or not walk it, as the case may be.

    • pst4gop says:

      I’m going with “incomplete”. To stick with the double meaning sports analogy.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Steve says he’s a secular Jew. That’s honest. But he shouldn’t be. He should be a religious Jew. Same with me (either Jew or Christian…I could do either).

    This raises an interesting point. Are we to be categorized/identify by our race/tribe or by our belief? The one way, by race/tribe, is older and deeply rooted in mankind. The other, by belief, is universal and (theoretically) idealistic but in practice less so.

    Nazism is an extreme of the one way and communism is an extreme of the other. For a while, we in the USA had a wonderful blend of the ways. We could all be tribal, but a common civic belief held the different tribes together.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      This has always been an interesting question with Jews. To what degree are they an ethnicity, and to what degree a religion? Religion (“Christ-killers”) is at the heart of the dispute, but secular Jews don’t practice the religion. This is made even more interesting by the possibility that the Ashkenazim mostly aren’t even Hebrew. If that’s so, they can’t even be the distant descendants of those who called for Christ’s death. My German history professor said the Jews of Worms used a similar argument to avert pogroms and discrimination — they traced their origin in that city to before the Crucifixion.

      Of course, with Muslims we have a religion (or political cult) that is treated as a separate racial group by leftists.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        One thing which is interesting about the Jews is that the modern tribes are Sephardic and Ashkenazi, the first being basically the tribe of Judah with some Benjamites and fewer Levites mixed in, while the second is Khazar.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          The tribe of Simeon was also absorbed into Judah. It probably was never very numerous. Benjamin joined Judah because the City of David was there. Otherwise, it probably would have joined Ephraim and Manasseh (the Joseph tribes, descended like Benjamin from Rachel Jacob’s favorite wife) in Israel.

          As far as I know, the Khazar theory is merely speculation. It may or may not be true. At least some Ashkenazim probably have at least some Khazar ancestry.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            As far as I know, the Khazar theory is merely speculation. It may or may not be true. At least some Ashkenazim probably have at least some Khazar ancestry.

            There were certainly Jews from the Middle East who moved to the East while others moved to the West so it is likely that there were Jewish colonies around the Khazars before the Khazar ruler converted. That being said, throughout history it is quite common for a whole population to convert to the new religion of its ruler should he change beliefs. So it would not be at all surprising if a large percentage, maybe the majority of Khazars became Jews. It is an interesting thought.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The one way, by race/tribe, is older and deeply rooted in mankind. The other, by belief, is universal and (theoretically) idealistic but in practice less so.

      I think because true belief, the carrying of one’s cross (or whatever the Jewish equivalent might be), is so difficult, it’s easier to just align by tribe or special interest group. But clearly Christianity, in particular, recognizes no earthly divisions based upon superficial traits or human affectations.

      Surely one of the things that pulls people to substitute authentic Judaism or authentic Christianity for Leftist versions of them is that religious has taken such a beating….to the point that it’s embarrassing in many (if not most) polite circles to say that you are religious (unless you’re a Muslim, then that same crowd will slobber all over you).

      For honest people such as ourselves, it can be difficult to reconcile the sphere of religion with what we know about the world (or think we know about the world). I’m not talking faith vs. reason. I’m talking about things such as the fact (and it does appear to be a hard fact) that at least once a comet or asteroid has hit the earth and wiped out most of the species.

      This runs completely counter to the idea of a directed-flow to life on earth, a careful garden tended by the Almighty. That comet bespeaks of haphazard. It speaks of deism, not a nearby Trinity. It speaks of accidental, not planned.

      And that’s just one instance. Now, of course, dishonest people will say “See! All religion in baloney.” But for whatever fact speaks of the haphazard, there are three more that speak to purpose or design.

      So we live in a grab-bag universe where (to my mind) there is no one obvious coherent theme to all this. And with belief in an actual God having been called the realm of fools and nitwits by The Smart People, no wonder so many have turned their religion into little more than poverty programs or Mother Gaia is worshipped instead of God Almighty.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    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.

    As the Jews were in constant expectation of the Messiah, how would any Jew know that someone who lifted the cup wasn’t the Messiah?

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      As the Jews were in constant expectation of the Messiah, how would any Jew know that someone who lifted the cup wasn’t the Messiah?

      Judaism at that time might have been as inbred as Christianity is in our time. The reflex of the existing power structure to protect itself exceeded the ability for differing ideas…even the fulfillment of prophesy. Much like the race hustlers of our time, the powers-that-be are out of a job if either racial harmony comes (or is acknowledged). I would imagine it’s the same thing with a Messiah.

      We’ve always heard that the reason the Jews rejected Jesus was because they expected the Messiah to be a warlord and kick the ass of the oppressing Romans. And you couldn’t blame them for thinking that. But surely there must have been this other aspect where a true Messiah would have been bad business for the establishment.

      To reiterate, Jesus was a Jew and a rabbi who was very critical of the establishment. It apparently wasn’t Pontius Pilate who wanted him dead. It was the establishment Jews. And, supposedly to keep the peace (which was Pilate’s mandate), he eventually went along with them.

      Beyond all that, the notion of anyone going around even hinting that they are god doesn’t sit well with human beings. Consider the implications if there was some kind of “Fall” and then God returns to earth in human form and we kill him. I think both Douglas Adams and Grant/Naylor (Red Dwarf) make jokes about the earth being in quarantine and that other planets should stay away.

      Human beings naturally flow toward corruption. The idea (and it’s a logical one) is that without a phase shift of some kind, without “taking Jesus into your heart” and all the other greeting-card metaphors for making a fundamental change that exceeds just the psychological, that there is no way to escape the corruption.

      Frankly, we can all have a pretty good idea now that watching Rachel Maddow, reading the New York Times, and voting Democrat is no substitute for the fundamental transformation of the soul. No wonder such devils-in-disguise such as Obama have co-opted that very idea and that language.

  5. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    We’ve always heard that the reason the Jews rejected Jesus was because they expected the Messiah to be a warlord and kick the ass of the oppressing Romans.

    So, it was all about being better, being top dog, revenge, God showing that the Jews were the chosen people? Hummm? If that was truly their motivation, then they should have figured out that they were doing something wrong. They kept getting stomped.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      A friend of mine once said that what the Jews were looking for was a Jewish Alexander the Great. Unfortunately for them, the closest they got was Judah the Maccabee. But they kept finding someone they thought might be the Messiah of their dreams until the last one, Bar Kochba, inspired Rome to kick them out of Syria Palestina (as they renamed Israel), the true beginning of the Diaspora. So I guess Hadrian should be a particular hate-figure in Jewish history.

      • Steve Lancaster says:

        This are not the only would-be messiahs. Eastern Europe from the 14th century until the Nazis produced hundreds of wannabes all false, many on the scale of mid 20th century evangelists with constant requests for cash.

        I hope everyone had a happy Easter and Passover.

  6. Timothy Lane says:

    This seems as good a place as any to put this. I hope all of you at StubbornLand had a Happy Easter, and for those for whom this is relevant, a fulfilling Pesach. (As Allan Sherman sang, “Mammy’s little baby loves matzoh, matzoh, Mammy’s little baby loves matzoh balls.” And I suspect he really did love “those balls made of Pesach bread”.)

  7. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    A nice quiet day with a Chinese meal at the end of it. Sort of like the family in “A Christmas Story” but we had no unruly dogs stealing our supper.

    That’s nice to hear, Mr. Kung. That paints a picture. And I was thinking about how truly good writing is about painting an interesting picture of mundane things. If space aliens land in Central Park, it takes no skill as a writer to make that interesting.

    My Easter was as varied as climate change and I’m not sure it was altogether interesting, but certainly busy. I got up early and visited my mother at her memory care unit at about 8:00 after first stopping at the store and getting an Easter card. I got her a nice religious one but I’m not sure she could even read it or understand it. When she first moved into the memory care unit, I had hung over over her bed her “Jesus loves y0u” art, so no card with bunnies on it would do.

    It had been several weeks since I’d seen her, mostly because her facility had been on lock-down because of flu. When I visited her on Easter morning, she was moaning things in her bed. Some words I didn’t understand, but I did catch “Help me.” Then she noticed me and held out her arms and she gave me a big, prolonged hug.

    One lesson I can impart, even if guilty as charged, is do not abandon your parents to these “assisted living” places if at all possible. They need to be with their family. But the cost of women working is other women (and they live longer than men) being abandoned because of their children’s economic pursuits. You could say that the staff tries to put a good face on it. And the architecture of these places does its best to present homeyness. But it’s all a facade. This is abandonment, plain and simple.

    In the memory care unit she is in, I almost never see anyone else visiting their parents. She was moved here a few months ago from the “assisted living” facility which offers more independent living. I would see more visitors there, but usually just on holidays, rarely on other days. I miss some of the ladies there that I struck up a casual friendship with. Many of them just don’t have anybody and, perhaps a fault of mine, I don’t feel right trying to keep visiting them when they’re not my relatives and my mother is no longer in that particular building. But sometimes I do think about them.

    My older brother and I came back later in the day to my mother’s memory care unit to take her out to lunch. But she is so frail, it became apparent that the most we could do was take her for a drive on what was a rather nice day. She was kinda-sort content doing that but kept asking what we were doing. She couldn’t grasp the concept of just taking a ride for the fun of it. But then she was always a bit high-strung. I think women often are that way, old or young. I think it’s mostly men who can stop and smell the roses.

    On my first visit at the memory care unit that morning at 8:00 a.m., I spent most of the time sitting at the breakfast table feeding my mother. Talk about that old idea of the stages of life where our childhood is reenacted as we age. At the table were a couple of other ladies. The one who sat across from me was sociable and chipper. She told me how she was old friends with my mother and knew me when I was “this high” when we all lived back in a southeaster state….but couldn’t remember which one. She was pleasantly remembering what had never happened.

    I played along in a way that was harmless. She just wanted to chat. She was aware her memory was not so good but was talkative in a charming way. But there was a lady at my immediate right at the head of the table who was talking loudly and seemingly in code. It was gibberish and yet she would occasionally use 4- or 5-syllable words that would have made Buckley proud.

    I think if I would have listened to her more, her ramblings would have appeared more coherent than they seemed. She did respond to one of the caregivers there who said, “Minerva, you’re my girl. I love you.” And Minerva answered “I love you too.” But otherwise Minerva (that’s an old-school name, for sure) was babbling as if holding court as a prophet seeing things that the rest of us could not, speaking in tongues.

    I assumed by her use of words and general sentence structure that she may have been a poet. I was informed by the worker there that she had been a school teacher. And that made sense. She was even now as if at the head of the class handing out instructions.

    But the additive effect of all this, even with the application of infinite patience, produces dizziness. One can appreciate the difficulty of working in an environment such as that. And no wonder they don’t get many visitors.

    Later in the day, we three brothers got together for lunch at a sports bar. Perhaps not the most religious of settings for Easter, but we had a good meal in good company after (for me, especially) a bit of a crazy day. There is normalcy in a good Cobb salad and an appetizer of onion rings while watching a game on the big screen.

    After lunch, my older brother returned to my place where we then played a video game for a while. He then went home. I watched the end of a hockey game that was still ongoing. Around 3:00 the sun inextricably beckoned my outward and I decided to take a 4-mile strenuous hike. I returned….and caught the end of another hockey game, including the double-overtime ending.

    A busy day that came in several parts, always with the backdrop that the Nelson women are dropping like flies. My sister is struggling to hang on and my mother has a new condition that could be the end of her. He has risen. Maybe. Hopefully. But the rest of us are falling or just hanging on, not really sure what to make of it all.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Well, it’s good that your mother evidently recognized you. I can still remember my grandfather, in the wake after his wife’s funeral, wondering where she was. His mind (at least his short-term memory) had been wiped out as a consequence of a previous injury (I think it was an infected leg). It was so painful to see him reduced to such a state that I decided I would never come back him to see him that way again. Fortunately there was other family to take care of him.

      Sometimes such places can’t be avoided. I’m bedridden in a nursing home (if they had kept up with therapy, maybe that wouldn’t be true) while Elizabeth is now at an assisted living facility where an aunt of hers ended up. Who knows if we’ll ever see each other again.

  8. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    good writing is about painting an interesting picture of mundane things

    That is why Jane Austen is such a good writer. There are no mysteries, people getting murdered or world changing plots. There is just life, generally, in smallish villages or the country. What Austen does with such simple material is wonderful.

    One can appreciate the difficulty of working in an environment such as that. And no wonder they don’t get many visitors.

    I suspect that, in many/most cases, putting people into such places makes them go downhill faster. It is a concentration of maladies from which nobody gains any encouragement or respite. If one is depressed upon entering such an establishment, just imagine how one feels after a couple of weeks in one.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      This is why I always hoped I’d be dead before I finally had to go into such a place. And now here I am, making the best of it I can. At least blogging keeps me in some contact with people. As long as my computer holds up, anyway. It also helps that I’m generally not in pain. In the past couple of years I’ve learned just how important that is. It also helps that some of the staff here are genuinely friendly. I hope it goes as well for Elizabeth, but at least she can get around on her own (as far as I’m aware). Too bad we couldn’t be in the same place.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        At least blogging keeps me in some contact with people. As long as my computer holds up,

        This is one of the real positives which has come out of the internet. It gives people, who are unable to get out and see others, the possibilities to stay in contact. It also helps keep one sharp as there is so much info on the www that one could never absorb it all.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Yes, there are a lot of puzzles available at some places, such as the Quizzes section of metv.com (I do a lot of those).

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        As long as my computer holds up, anyway.

        Well, Jesus H., and all that. I’m sure we have the resources amongst the readership here to band together and get you a new computer (or a good used one) should the need arise. That shouldn’t be a problem.

        I told my older brother to just whack me (he’s into gangster movies) unexpectedly before I get too decrepit. The way to go is just go to sleep and not wake up and then the next minute you’re in the lap of God sharing war stories with Socrates, Alexander the Great, and Art Fleming. (Art Fleming? Well, why not Art Fleming?)

        Yes, having good staff is a major plus. I’ve run into some good ones. And I’ve run into some semi-competent ones going through the motions.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      One chap I’ll never forget from the “assisted living” place my mother used to be in is Dave. Whenever I would come and go into the facility, which was relatively often, Dave would be there in the lobby sitting in the corner on a chair facing the front door. Sort of an assisted-living sphinx.

      The look on his face of his big, round head was always glum. But you don’t know if this is just how he normally looks, if he had physical or mental issues, or what. But I would always say hello. Very occasionally he would acknowledge this with a look. One time he even did so with a couple words that sounded genuine and friendly.

      But otherwise Dave was the very picture of silent glum. He looked like a fighter in the corner waiting for the next round. But he obviously wanted to see and be seen. But he was not at all talkative.

      One can project and suppose that Dave was eternally waiting for a son or daughter to make an appearance. It had that look. But he was (and still is, I presume) an enigma.

      It’s a terrible thing to grow old and frail. And as noted by you and others, we have prolonged this frail season in our lives due to modern medicines and technology. I’m not altogether sold that this idea is working out so well.

      But think a kind thought for Dave and all the Daves just like him. Another man’s shoes, and all that. And I’ll have to read some Jane Austen soon.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        It’s a terrible thing to grow old and frail.

        As my father used to say, “getting old isn’t for the faint of heart.”

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        And I’ll have to read some Jane Austen soon.

        I would suggest you start with “Pride and Prejudice” or “Sense and Sensibility.” If you like those then go to “Emma.” Although I finished “Mansfield Park,” I did not enjoy it as much as the others which I mentioned.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          We had Pride and Prejudice in the 12th grade. I liked it overall, but never got around to anything else by her. A friend recommended Northanger Abbey as a satire on gothic romances, and I did pick it up. There were a lot of books saved up for “eventually” — which turned out to be “never”.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Thanks all for the recommendations. I already had done a Google search on the best Austen and Northanger Abbey came up as somebody’s favorite. So that is well I’ll start.

  9. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Is it just me, or did anyone else note that were no movies about Jesus over the Easter Weekend? We got Charlton Heston, but not Max von Sydow or Jeffery Hunter.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      TCM had a few religious movies on Easter, though not as much as I expected — in particular, at no point during the weekend did they show Ben-Hur. Of course, one of the movies (Barabbas) was about an ancillary aspect, but they did have 2 versions of The King of Kings (one of them silent).

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Some of the streaming services featured some original content. But I didn’t watch any of them.

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