We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tonight is the first night of Passover. I've been purposely withdrawn from writing over past months while weathering some storms, but I want to share with you some Passover thoughts.
The celebration of Passover is not only by Jews but by many others of different religions. Passover's message of freedom is universal.
A new song-video by the a capella group Maccabeats, done in a Les Miserables way, brings forth another important lesson from Passover. If Moses had not risen to the challenges within himself and from others, his name would have been unknown and Hebrews left in slavery to disappear from history.
There are some scientific critiques of the details of the Exodus in the Jewish Bible. The fine film Life Of Pi brings forth another important lesson, from India, but just as well from Passover. We choose how we remember our lives and travails, and that choice shapes the rest of our lives dramatically.
I'm enjoying David Nirmberg's "Anti-Judaism," which starts off with some Egyptian accounts dating from the 4th century B.C., telling the story of Exodus from their own point of view. (It seems some pesky shepherds showed up, took over, caused a bunch of plagues, and had to be evicted.) It's a terrific book, arguing that antisemitism should be understood as a projection by Gentiles of their own most uncomfortable traits onto Jews that, in many cases, they had scarcely any contact with.