Wednesday, April 8, 2009

6 Facts on Passover

I found this article interesting.

You can check out the rest but I thought 2 were particularly interesting. It turns out that Coca Cola makes a kosher brand (extra kosher for the stricter passover diet) which uses sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

On a more profound note, it turns out Abraham Lincoln was assasinated during passover. This affected the celebrations taking place at Jewish synagogue.

According to the American Jewish Historical Society, many Jews were in synagogue for the holiday when the news of Lincoln's assassination broke. Altars in temples "were quickly draped in black and, instead of Passover melodies, the congregations chanted Yom Kippur hymns. Rabbis set aside their sermons and wept openly at their pulpits, as did their congregants." Sadly, a time that was supposed to be full of celebration became one of mourning.


Jeanette said...

I don't know if you've seen the commercial or not, but there is one talking about the elderly Holocaust survivors in Russia who were denied the right to observe Passover for so many years.

Now they are asking for $25 donations to provide these impoverished people with a nourishing passover meal.

You can donate through IFCJ and still provide a meal.

Watch the video. It's called the Isaiah 58 project and after giving our second donation today I read the chapter. It talks toward the end of feeding the poor and the blessings one will receive for doing so.

There are also many children in Israel who are ashamed to go to school because they have ratty shoes and clothes. I didn't know this kind of poverty existed with the Jews of Israel, but I guess it does everywhere.

I forget the organization name but we contributed to a couple of Hannukah meals for these families. It's not expensive at $25 and is giving these people the opportunity to observe their feasts.

There is also a Jewish site in Israel that encourages women to have their babies instead of aborting them, and they have found the women will have the children if they just have the support to get them cribs and the basics plus the support to help raise the children.

I forget the name of that organization too, but might have found it on the Jerusalem Post.

I love the Jewish people and would do anything to help them.

Sorry if this is off topic.

Rob R said...

As I mentioned, I've given up enforcing the topic rule.

But it wouldn't matter here. As I mentioned, there are few posts that I make with focussed and specific goals. This was just for fun. For all I care, you can post the minutes of the last meeting of the ladies auxiliary here. If it's one of those special posts, I might mention that I want the topic focussed on or I might mention it in the discussion after the fact.