Despite my own personal ideological struggles, I am a Jew who believes in the philosophies of Judaism before I believe in those of any other religion. However, I do feel that now maybe more than any time in history the alliance between Christians and Jews has never been more important. The rise of Islam, a rise that in many places preaches only Islam, has put the concept of freedom of religion in more danger than any time in modern history. With that in mind I am making a short post to discuss, and hopefully create a discussion regarding the connection between Passover and Easter.
I often say, only partially tongue in cheek, that there are 2 major differences between Christianity and Judaism. One is that while Christians are awaiting the 2nd coming, us Jews are still awaiting the 1st. Either way we are still awaiting the supposed Messiah or Messianic era. The second difference would be the disagreement over who is the best Jew of all time. There would be some discussion on the matter, but as a Jew I would put in my vote for Moses, and I would be surprised if I didn’t end up backing the winner. Christians however, even if they have a fondness for Moses, clearly would pick Jesus.
It is widely believed that “The last supper” was actually a Passover Seder. Seeing the apparent time of year and the fact that a group got together around the table for discussion, there is much credence to this belief. Ultimately, those who believe in the Messiah coming in a mystical, ultra spiritual way would see the events celebrated by Christians as a realistic method for the savior to be revealed. Us Jews however do not believe that has actually taken place. However, if either belief causes people to behave in ways of peace, love and tolerance, they help the world far more than hurt the world.
What are your thoughts?