Saturday, April 23, 2005

Chag Sameach! (Happy Holiday!)

Tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish festival of Passover. We celebrate the time, thousands of years ago, when we were freed from slavery.

For the next 8 days, we'll eat nothing made with yeast (in fact, there's a whole raft of foods which we'll miss). Our major staple is a cracker-like product called Matzah, made simply of flour and water. There is a whole litany of terrific Passover humor, as well.

Here's one of my favorites:

A Jewish man took his Passover lunch to eat outside in the park. He sat down on a bench and began eating. A little while later a blind man came by and sat down next to him. Feeling neighborly, the Jewish man passed a sheet of matzoh to the blind man. The blind man ran his fingers over the matzoh for a few minutes, looked puzzled, and finally exclaimed, 'Who wrote this nonsense?'

Have a great Passover!
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