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Thursday, April 13, 2006

As if Goyim Eating Bagels Wasn't Enough...

So according to an article in The Washington Post, there are groups of Christians who have been conducting Passover seders. Everything was the same as the Jewish seders, except for a few facts:

The Seder meal was served before the Seder service started, instead of two-thirds of the way through.

There was dancing.

And Jesus was everywhere.

The stripes and the holes in the matzoh represented his whipped and pierced body. The wine (actually grape juice) represented his blood. The matzoh was wrapped in white cloth, symbolizing the way Jesus's body was wrapped for burial.

While many churches do Passover seders to learn more about the Jewish culture, some are beginning to make seders a more "Christian" event. Seeing how the Last Supper was a Passover Seder, Christians see it as a way to "connect with the heritage" of their religion.

Jews aren't so excited about this new Christian interest in Passover. For starters, some don't like the fact that...well...Christians are once again trying to gank our shit...i.e. Cultural Appropriation.

But on a more serious note, many fear that Christians, specifically Evangelicals, might use these seders to try and proselytize among Jewish people.

Objectors point to the involvement of Messianic Jews, those who believe in Jesus Christ, and Jews for Jesus, a missionary group that seeks to bring Jews into Christianity, in the growing popularity of the ritual among evangelicals.

Harris and her husband, Michael, who led most of Immanuel's Seder, are Messianic Jews. And they readily acknowledge that the Seders are "a major evangelistic tool," Meri said. "Lots of people bring their nonbelieving Jewish friends, to give them the idea that Christianity is really connected to the Jewish people."
Ok, if there is one thing I cannot stand, it's when Christians say "But there are Jews who believe in Jesus..." That's besides the point though. I don't mind Christians enjoying a Passover seder. My mom always invites non-Jewish friends to our seders and almost all of them ask to come back, because they enjoy the gathering of family and friends, not the religious aspect.

If anything, these days, the Passover seder is about religiousness, yes, but it is more about coming together to tell a story. A story that rings true to night only Jews but to others as well. A few years ago, while I was still in college, I attended a multi-cultural seder, hosted by the Black Student Group, the Jewish Studend Union and the Multicultural House at UMass in Amherst. It was supposed to bring together the two groups together to look at their similarities, rather than their differences.

But I'm sidetracking...

Personally, I agree with the Jews who are concerned. The last thing we need right now is for Christians to find other excuses for Jews to convert. It seems like they could use our own traditions against us in order to (in their minds) "save us."

And remember kids...Jews who believe in Jesus are not real Jews. They are Christians who just want to be "ethnic." (That is a joke.)


  • At 10:43 AM, Blogger AbsolutJ said…

    Gotta love it when 'multi-culturalism' and 'diversity awarness' become code words for cultural appropriation and good old American white-washing. Good for you for telling it like it is!


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