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Ignorance is Bliss…

by Julia Bendis

April 22, 2011 | 9:28 pm

All the Christians out there, help me figure this out!  When a neighbor asks me if I have big plans for Easter weekend, and I say “Not really, we are Jewish”, should this be the next sentence out of their mouth: “Oh, I know you are Jewish, but aren’t you doing something for Easter with the kids?”  This goes on for the next few minutes.

Am I missing something?

I wrote about this during Christmas last year. It seems that all the Gentiles assume that we, the Jews stop being Jewish for one day, and that day being Christmas of course.  Is it the same with Easter now?  Do you, the non-Jews stop being Gentiles just in time for our High Holy Days: Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana, etc?  Maybe I should have asked this particular neighbor where they had their Seder at…

Can you just imagine if a Jewish person went up to a random person and said: “Happy Passover!  Got big plans for Seder?”  I don’t see that happening, but if it did I can only assume how appalled the non-Jew would be, right?  So, how come this particular neighbor got offended and walked away as I was in mid-conversation?

Are we supposed to just abide and oblige people that are not like us, just so they don’t get offended?  Or are we suppose to stay true to ourselves, and speak freely?  Help me out here people.  Is this ignorance, lack of education or pure stupidity?  A bit of everything maybe…

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