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Jewish Birthers? A Lesson from the Long Form

Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 11:26 am

This week we watched the next act in the circus that has become President Obama's Birth Certificate issue. Apolitically speaking..., and in the spirit of the Baal Shemtov's directive to derive a lesson from everything that we encounter in life, I was struck by the perfect timing of the latest page of the saga in its proximity to Pesach. 

The prophet Ezekiel declares Passover to be the birthday of the Jewish people as the nation of G-d. There are those that question our "natural born citzenship" as Hashem's people, along with the rights and responsibilities carried with it. "Jewish Birthers" reject our obligations to G-d and His Torah just as they doubt the events - the Exodus and Revelation at Sinai - that made us the nation of G-d. 

Throughout the year, we pull out the "short form" and other forms of evidence, such as the Shema or the fact that Jews are still here despite over 3 millenia of attempts to destroy us. Some are sufficiently convinced and for them the matter is sealed. Others insist that it is inadequate. So for them we release the "long form."

The Pesach Seder is the "Long Form" (and oh, is it long?). We have the document with all of the details. The Hagaddah, the Matzah, the Marror all serve as elements of the "Long Form" including the "attending doctor's signature." That our people have been observing the same Seder rituals and telling the same story for over 3300 years, is the "Long Form" - seemingly undeniable proof that we are indeed "natural born members of Hashem's nation." For those that deny it even after all that, well... that would be like an ancient Egyptian being tossed around in the Reed Sea and declaring his drowning to be the result of natural phenomena. "Nuff said!"

So now that the truth is out, why don't we begin living like "natural born members of Hashem's nation?" G-d demanded from Pharaoh that he "Let My people go... so that they can worship Me." The point of becoming Hashem's people is so that we would have the unparalleled opportunity to worship Him through Torah and Mitzvot. We worked so hard to prove it, now let's get back to doing the job that is rightfully ours!

Mazel Tov to Rabi Uri & Dahlia Topolosky upon the birth of a daughter. May they raise her to Torah, Chupah & Good Deeds!

Mazel Tov to Ezra Remer and his family upon his Bar Mitzvah this week.

Mazel Tov to Levi Lang and his family upon his Bar Mitzvah this week.

Mazel Tov to Moshe Lew and his family on the occasion of his beginning to don Tefillin next week in preparation for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. 

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