Many Jews are very uncomfortable in facing the below fundamental teachings in the Torah with the truth about “Passover”, and its sick image of God that it teaches. Many avoid facing it by trying to say the ‘source’ of this is somehow a ‘different translation’ and that I obtained it from some false information or ‘false translation’ of The Passover.
That is fundamentally untrue, and it is what we call a ‘gas lighting’ effort to hide the ugly, genocidal truth about Passover that Jews continue to teach their children to this day, as reflected with evidence I am including below, the source being “The Torah”. It is taken from two prominent and well respected Jewish doctrine websites: The actual “Torah.org,” and “Chabad.org”…
To repeat, what I have included below is from the actual Jewish “Torah”…This is not my inaccurate ‘translation’…This is actually taken from the Jewish website “Chabad.org”, showing the actual Jewish “Torah” passages. It refers specifically to the “festivals”of Passover (meaning celebration, not just ‘observance’) of Passover.
It details that Passover is all about revering and honoring a portrayal of a ‘God of the Jews’ that needed a ‘blood lust sacrifice’ to be satisfied, ordering lambs killed as an animal sacrifice, with their blood placed on the doorposts to satisfy God’s sick blood lust, with God’s ‘angel of death’ ultimately killing the first born children of the households who did not commit such animal sacrifice for Him, etc… And this portrays God’s need to commit such a vengeful act himself to display his ‘power’. It doesn’t get any sicker than such a portrayal of God.
As I said, this Torah scripture acknowledges this “holy day” being about the Plague of the Firstborn, which details the story that Jews celebrate to this day of for ‘Passover’ – again, key in the story is the bloodletting of an animal sacrifice to satisfy that blood lust of God, with that blood placed on Jewish doorposts, and the story describes their belief in a sanctioned genocidal act by the God of the Jews, killing every firstborn child of the Egyptians. This is a most prominent image of the ‘God of the Jews’ in the Torah and one of the most honored, revered Jewish holidays of the year, celebrated to this day.
This is very sick stuff, especially to be teaching to children, and it has to stop. It is just as sick as the story of Abraham, told by the same God of the Jews, to make a human sacrifice of his little son Isaac (a human sacrifice), but ostensibly somehow excused as a ‘test’ of obedience, with the story of the Passover being worse only because of the sheer numbers of innocent children described as slaughtered on behalf of the Jews beliefs.
Important note: There is no ‘different translation’ of the Torah that would correct this truth. This is the Jewish Torah reflected here on the topic. As I said, commonly you will see references to CELEBRATING the Passover. Even here, these references of this Jewish ‘holiday’ refer to ‘FESTIVALS’…meaning ‘celebrations’ for this sick portrayal of God.
In addition, here below is the very first paragraph on the topic of the Passover from “Torah.org” which also uses the word ‘celebration’(you will see the Hebrew next to the English): P
The Story of Passover
“The holiday of Passover celebrates the Exodus from Egypt – when the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were liberated from slavery, and became a new and unique nation under God.”
In addition, this is from “MyJewishLearning.com”, once again referencing the Passover as a “FESTIVAL” having to do with the “God of the Jews” killing firstborn children of the Egyptians:
“the children of succeeding generations are to be instructed at Passover as to the origin and significance of the festival.
The Torah reading concludes with the last of the 10 plagues: the slaying of the Egyptian firstborn.”
In addition, this is taken directly from “ReformJudaism.org” and details exactly what I shared with you, that it was not Pharoah, but the Jewish image of “God” who ‘hardened Pharoah’s heart, just to get to the next plague, ultimately getting to the genocidal killing of the innocent children as we know…Here is this admission from this Jewish website:
“Pharaoh’s stubborn refusal is what we often remember from this series of events (even my 4-year-old child knows to sing, “No, no, no, I will not let them go” at this point in the story). However, in Exodus 7:3 it is actually God who says, “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that I may multiply My signs and marvels in the land of Egypt.” This statement raises a fascinating question: is God responsible for Pharaoh’s obstinacy?”
In addition, as I indicated above, here is the actual Torrah passage, (this is not my ‘inaccurate translation’) taken again from “Chabad.org”… This is the passage in the actual Torrah, Exodus Chapter 7, verses 2 and 3, followed by another even more revealing passage where Pharoah actually asks for FORGIVENESS and admits he has SINNED, and yet God hardens his heart again in Chapter 10 verses 16 thru 20:
“You shall speak all that I command you, and Aaron, your brother, shall speak to Pharaoh, that he let the children of Israel out of his land.”
But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and I will increase My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. Chapter 10: 16-20… Pharaoh hastened to summon Moses and Aaron, and he said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. טזוַיְמַהֵ֣ר פַּרְעֹ֔ה לִקְרֹ֖א לְמשֶׁ֣ה וּלְאַֽהֲרֹ֑ן וַיֹּ֗אמֶ
But now, forgive now my sin only this time and entreat the Lord your God, and let Him remove from me just this death.” יזוְעַתָּ֗ה שָׂ֣א נָ֤א חַטָּאתִי֙ אַ֣ךְ הַפַּ֔עַם וְהַעְתִּ֖ירוּ לַֽיהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֑ם
So he [Moses] left Pharaoh and entreated the Lord, יחוַיֵּצֵ֖א מֵעִ֣ם פַּרְעֹ֑ה וַיֶּעְתַּ֖ר אֶל־יְהֹוָֽה: and the Lord reversed a very strong west wind, and it picked up the locusts and thrust them into the Red Sea. Not one locust remained within all the border[s] of Egypt. יטוַיַּֽהֲפֹ֨ךְ יְהֹוָ֤ה רֽוּחַ־יָם֙ חָזָ֣ק מְאֹ֔ד וַיִּשָּׂא֙ אֶת־הָ֣אַרְבֶּ֔ה וַיִּתְקָעֵ֖הוּ יָ֣מָּה סּ֑וּף לֹ֤א נִשְׁאַר֙ אַרְבֶּ֣ה אֶחָ֔ד בְּכֹ֖ל גְּב֥וּל מִצְרָֽיִם: But the Lord strengthened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go out. כוַיְחַזֵּ֥ק יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶת־לֵ֣ב פַּרְעֹ֑ה וְלֹ֥א שִׁלַּ֖ח אֶת־בְּנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל:
The above actual Torah passages reveal that it is a lie that Pharoah refused to let the Jews go, it is shown repeatedly in the actual Torah that the Jews portrayal of God has him ‘hardening Pharoah’s heart’ so that more plagues and suffering can ensue, in order to ultimately get to the genocide of the innocent firstborn children. Again, it doesn’t get any sicker than that to teach this image of God to children. Culture is one thing, but this kind of justifying religious killing in the name of God is beyond shameful and has to stop in order for mankind to finally recognize our universal oneness with what “God” is. All these kinds of ‘religious holidays’ and ‘festivals’ do is further the sick division of mankind in the name of ‘tribalism’ and ‘chosen people’, etc.
In addition, the following Passover story passage is directly from the Torah, Exodus 11: 5-10, detailing the Jew’s portrayal of “God” in bringing about the genocidal killing of all firstborn who were not Jews, INCLUDING even the firstborn of any Egyptians slaves who were not Jews…Once again in verse 9 there is another reference to “God” saying he will make sure Pharoah does not comply in order to bring about this plague (“The Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not heed you, in order to increase My miracles in the land of Egypt.”:
“And every firstborn in the land of Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the slave woman who is behind the millstones, and every firstborn animal.
And there will be a great cry throughout the entire land of Egypt, such as there never has been and such as there shall never be again.”
“But to all the children of Israel, not one dog will whet its tongue against either man or beast, in order that you shall know that the Lord will separate between the Egyptians and between Israel.
And all these servants of yours will come down to me and prostrate themselves to me, saying, ‘Go out, you and all the people who are at your feet,’ and afterwards I will go out.” [Then] he [Moses] exited from Pharaoh with burning anger. “
“The Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not heed you, in order to increase My miracles in the land of Egypt.”
” Moses and Aaron had performed all these miracles before Pharaoh, but the Lord strengthened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the children of Israel out of his land.” (Meaning God intervened to change Pharaoh’s mind so God could get to the final vengeful killing of the Egyptian’s first born children.)
It doesn’t get any sicker of an image and portrayal of God than the teaching and celebration of Passover, that Jews hold sacred and still dutifully teach to their children in synagogue. This harmful and divisive religious teaching and portrayal of what “God” is, along with the routine teachings in the Torah that the Jews are “God’s CHOSEN PEOPLE’ has to stop.
It is NOT OK simply because it is a part of an ethnicity’s ‘culture’. And it is not ‘anti-Semitic’ to bring this correction into the spotlight in the interest of creating unifying peace for humanity. It should be noted that this kind of ‘bigotry’ masquerading’ as ‘the word of God’ is rampant in not just the Torah and Judaism, but also the New Testament with Christianity and in the Koran with Islam.
Enough…we can see on it’s face that it has to stop in the interest of creating peace and love on our shared home here on Earth. It is time for it to be called out consistently with a correct spiritual understanding that we are all a diverse part of what “God” is, and that such sick celebration’s of such genocide and ‘blood lust’ of God are only man-made bigotry that have no place being taught to anyone’s children.
(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at www.conniebryan.com)