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Introducing ‘Eastover’

And presenting a special ecumenical challenge

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The Eastover gift basket.(Challah Connection)

“Chrismukkah”—the combination in interfaith families of the generally coinciding holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah—has entered the broader consciousness, through, among other avenues, that episode of The O.C.. Never before, however, had I heard of “Eastover,” which is, well, you take a guess. A press release alerted us to Challah Connection’s Eastover gift basket, which includes a Seder plate, matzah, and Kedem grape juice as well as pink-and-white cookies (presumably not pesadik), jelly beans, and chocolate bunnies.

Meanwhile, the best thing about Easter, for people of all faiths, is the Washington Post’s annual Peeps diorama contest. So here’s a challenge: If anyone wants to make a Jewish-themed Peeps diorama and send it to me, it will find its way onto The Scroll. Best one gets a free Nextbook Press book of your choice.

Passover and Easter Traditions in a Box [Challah Connection]

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Bill Pearlman says:

I’m tired of this crap. The Roberts haggadah, the “Obama Sedar”. And ll the rest of it. To some of us passover means something. You want to be Christian and celebrate Easter. Knock yourself out. But don’t try to make yourself feel better with this stuff.

Dan Klein says:

And to some of us passover means something different. Hm?

Personally, while I welcome Christians coming to Jewish seders as guests, I have a strong issue with Christians having their own Christian Pesach seders. It’s for a simple reason: Historically speaking, in relations between Christian and Jew, the Christians were not like the Israelites but like the Pharaoh.

The point being that there’s a respectful way of conduction interfaith ritual and a disrespectful way.

Dan Klein says:

@Ian I’m guessing the Christians acting like Pharaoh weren’t the ones sitting down for seder.

On Eastover or Passter, do they roll matzoh balls?

By Dan Bloom

CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — Interfaith humor is not so much ribald as it is
refreshing and inclusive, inviting people of different faiths to smile or
chuckle in a friendly way across the aisles that often separate them. President
Obama kept it short and sweet recently in speaking to Christian faith leaders at
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