Last week, I asked this of many customers as they purchased a ham for their Easter feast. Huh… A KOSHER ham! Never heard of such a thing.
Old Moshe would be rolling in his grave, wouldn’t he. Would that make him a Holy Roller?
Well, I was selective in the people I asked this question, people I knew or recognized. People who know I have a sense of humor that is a bit off much of the time. But I had a purpose is asking this question.
Most, as they purchased their Easter hams also had an assortment of other things, eggs, stuffed bunnies, dyes, mucho wine. Often they had children with them who were very excited about Easter and all the gifts and celebration. And we should celebrate! There is no more wonderful time than Easter. What is represented by that celebration is the, THE greatest event in all of creation. What a wonderful time for family to gather and celebrate.
But too often, we forget to celebrate the true meaning of Easter, the resurrection of our living Lord and Savior. My mention of the “kosher ham” was a gentle reminder of what Easter is really about, both the history of the Jewish people and of the miracle of the Resurrection.
Now, as you might expect, I got a wide variety of responses, but none hostile. I was buoyed that most people I shared this with did not have to be told that there is no such thing as a “kosher ham.”
But they smiled, and many thanked me for reminding them, amid the joyful celebration of Easter to be sure to include (I hope center on) what Easter is really about.
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