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Venice Local April 19, 2014 at 07:59 am
Am I the only one who has a problem with the statement that "celebrating Easter is aRead More tradition that predates Christianity"? If Easter itself is the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, how could the celebration "predate Christianity"? For the record, there is no word in the Bible which translates as "Easter" - nor is there any record that early Christians observed such a holiday. The word is an anglicization of the ancient name of the Pagan Goddess of fertility "Ishtar" ("Astarte" in the Greek). This goddess was venerated each year by celebrations of the fertility inherent in Spring, and symbolized with fertility icons such as eggs and rabbits. Since the central tenet of Biblical Judeo-Christianity is the repudiation of Paganism and its multiple deities - the proclamation that there is only one God - it is, at the very least, antithetical to give to the remembrance of its chief character the name of one of the deities of Paganism - wouldn't you say?
Passover eatures six symbolic foods, including matzo, a cracker-like unleavened bread symbolizing the Exodus from ancient Egypt when there was not enough time to let the bread to rise. Patch file photo.
andy fischer April 14, 2014 at 08:41 am
"A number of contemporary scholars believe the story of the Exodus is apocryphal and that theRead More Israelites were never among the peoples subjugated by the ancient Egyptians. Regardless of any historical debate, most rabbis believe...." So even if it is pretty much agreed all or most of these events are myths, followers are encouraged to perpetuate superstitious practices - just like Catholics not eating meat on lent Fridays.
MIKE M April 14, 2014 at 10:43 am
Correction: You state: "Unlike most Jewish holy days, there is no synagogue service forRead More Passover, although some congregations and other organizations conduct Seders." In fact, there is a holiday service for the first two days and the last two days of Passover, as there is for the other pilgrimage festivals of Sukkot, and Shavuot. On the last day of the holiday, next Tuesday, the Yizkor service, a memorial service for the dead is added to the service.
Apolinaire April 14, 2014 at 11:42 am
To Martha Lieberman, some advice to find happiness in your life: Cook up a nice meal, invite aRead More homeless person from your neighborhood to share and read a story from the Haggadah. That homeless person would feel like a Mensch again, and, imagine, you, yourself, delivered him/her from bondage. G-d would smile at you throughout the whole Seder meal. Shalom!
Today is Ash Wednesday. Patch file photo.
nonoise March 5, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Repentance? Oh, please. None of them are repenting while they are parking in my driveway. NoneRead More of them are repenting while they blast their noise (amplified sound system) into my home 6 to 8 times a day every day starting at 7:55AM. There is no repentance for those at Divine Saviour Catholic church, 90065. There is no respect for neighbors. There is no we care about your concerns. There is none of that. There is no repentance. Go, keep pretending there is. Those that have to live along these nuisiances know the truth. Keep pretending.
Mark Siegel March 6, 2014 at 08:09 am
I assume "abstinence from eat" and fasting are one and the same...
Bill Wentz March 6, 2014 at 01:17 pm
I wish all these Christians would fast for 140 days and show us how pious they really are.
A list of where to eat on Christmas Day 2013.
Jean December 26, 2013 at 07:32 pm
Okay, this article was so stupid! The fact that you even list half of these places as RESTAURANTS isRead More incredulous ! "Hey honey, I need to get gas, so why don't you come with me and we will get gas and dinner at the 7-Eleven/Gas Station on Las Virgenes? If not that we can fine dine at McDonalds, jack in the Box or Subway. If that doesn't suit your fancy we can go into Agoura to the Burger King on Roadside. You name it honey or maybe we can find a Von's that is open and fine at Panda Express ? You name it honey, nothing's too good for you!" Really Patch? Really??? This is exactly why you are a totally irrelevant news source.