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Your Views: Skenazy column trivializes Jewish holiday of Passover

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April 21, 2014

By printing Lenore Skenazy's piece on Passover (Pesach) on Page 6A April 12, you trivialized one of the most important of Jewish holidays.

Although some may find this satirical, it feeds into ongoing stereotypes of Jews being concerned only with money, marketing and business. Twice, Jews are commanded to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Those laws are two, of the 613 commandments in the Old Testament (there are more than just the “Big Ten”).

Pesach is a celebration of freedom and an ongoing realization that too many people, even in our own communities, lack that basic right. We are taught to be compassionate to the stranger, as we were once strangers in a strange land. As we were oppressed, we are obligated to stand for those without a voice, even at risk to ourselves.

Yes, Pesach is a family-centered holiday that gathers people together, but please don't dilute it as a marketing lesson. After all, would you want the Easter season reduced to only chocolate, over-sized rabbits and the “best sales of the season” without focusing on its true meaning? I hope not.

I'm asking you to think about the image The Gazette gives people not familiar with Jewish holidays or traditions by publishing columns such as this in the future.

LAURELL HEFTY

Albany



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