If there is one holiday that binds us all it’s Passover. Yes, Passover.
It is the celebration of God freeing his people, the Israelites, the direct descendants of any of the sons of the patriarch Jacob.
I will never forget the time I celebrated my first Seder.
My mom worked for Dr. Mark Levitt, who was kind enough to allow me, a Goy, to sit with his family as they celebrated the Seder meal on the first night of passover. (A Goy is the standard Yiddish term for Gentile — or none Jew.)
For me, a practicing Catholic Christian, this celebration opened my eyes not only to the events of Holy Week, especially the Last Supper, but to the celebration of the Mass.
The wine. The washing of the hands. The breaking of the bread.
Why is this night different from all other nights?
Pascha (Greek: Πάσχα) is a transliteration of the Greek word, which is itself a transliteration of Aramaic pascha, both words translated from the Hebrew pesach meaning Passover — and that’s why Passover is the holiday that binds us all.
Most Christian traditions refer to the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord as Pascha, in one form or another.
So to all the children of God… Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover!
James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.