Wednesday, August 11, 2010
'Beware the ides of March' may be a line from Julius Caesar. An interesting anachronism in our calendar is the month September which by its root would be the seventh month, making March originally the first month of the year. The sap begins to flow that month and, to judge from history the dictator/father figure/god is in danger. Our recent liturgy focuses on Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. We don't talk much about Moses, but it was Moses who challenged the father figure and secured the Jews a future. Passover celebrates this challenge/liberty and embeds the accomplishment of the challenge in finding a proper set of rules which celebrated example, as much as IQ, may be why 'Jews are smart.'