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Passover Joke

Uploaded: Apr 15, 2014
I am not Jewish, and Seder is a wonderful tradition for anyone who participates.

I suspect many people have heard versions of this joke before, and it is worth repeating:

A Jewish man in Great Britain had served in Her Majesty's military with great distinction for his entire adult life. He was nominated for an honorary knighthood, and got through the process. Very rare for a Jew to be knighted.

The Queen, during the ceremony, said "Why is this Knight like no other Knight?"

Happy Passover, Happy Easter, and for those of you from other traditions and beliefs, enjoy your week.

Comments

Posted by Christian, a resident of Adobe-Meadows,
on Apr 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

Paul is this the best you can do for what is possibly the most important week for Jews and Christians? If so, then more needs to be said.

It isn't that the joke isn't funny, it is an old one and a good one, but it shows a lack of understanding by the secular world on what these holidays mean.

Passover is a time of celebration and reminder that God passed over the Children of Israel when he passed judgment on the Egyptians. It was a sign of the blood of the Passover lamb sacrificed and the blood being placed over the doors as a symbol of saving the people living within. Easter is a time of celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus as the Passover Lamb who was sacrificed and rose from the dead to save those who believe and accept salvation from the judgment of God.

It has nothing to do with bunnies, eggs, baskets or chocolate - although they are the same sort of reminders as your joke. There is nothing wrong with jokes, or bunnies, etc. But the important message is a correct interpretation. If education is teaching about what things are really about, then this is a teachable moment.

He is Risen. He is Risen indeed.


Posted by Paul Loch, a resident of Community Center,
on Apr 16, 2014 at 9:29 am

Christian,

Thou doth protest too much. It is a good joke, and if some people get a laugh out of it, then I accomplished my objective.

I am not one to get into religious beliefs, and invoking Easter bunnies in your analysis of my posting leaves me puzzled.

I hope you have a good Easter week.


Posted by Religious-Jokes-Not-A-Good-Idea, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 16, 2014 at 9:51 am

There has been a considerable amount of work done over the past 170 years trying to validate the bible in the archaeology of Levant, and Egypt. There seems to be little evidence of 1.5M to 2M people leaving Egypt, or of a major decimation of Egyptian children before their exit.

The following outlines the current thinking—

The Exodus never happened, say Egyptologists:
Web Link

Maybe this isn't the best topic, given the number of people who believe in something that most likely didn't happen.


Posted by False god, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm

why didn't Jesus ever to college?????
He got nailed on the boards.


Posted by questioning, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

@Religious Jokes Not a Good Idea,

A simple Google search and it seems like there is something for everyone on either side of that argument.

If someone does establish enough evidence to validate the archeological history, does it matter to you? In other words, does that convince you of the spiritual message? I don't think that's the point of the Bible. Read the book of Job sometime. And then read it again when you've really suffered, or someone you know if really suffering and you can't understand. The point is not whether Job was a real person or not, and that's pretty clear from the way it's written.


Posted by questioning, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

@Religious Jokes Not a Good Idea,

A simple Google search and it seems like there is something for everyone on either side of that argument.

If someone does establish enough evidence to validate the archeological history, does it matter to you? In other words, does that convince you of the spiritual message? I don't think that's the point of the Bible. Read the book of Job sometime. And then read it again when you've really suffered, or someone you know if really suffering and you can't understand.


Posted by Jokes are ok, a resident of South of Midtown,
on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Centuries of suffering appear to have give the Jews a great sense of humor. Hardly anything is off-limits. Common sense helps.
Here's one:
Q: What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction?
A: A matzochist.
Another one:
What, in your opinion, is the most reasonable explanation for the fact that Moses led the Israelites for forty years before they finally got to the Promised Land?

a.He was being tested.
b.He wanted them to really appreciate the Promised Land when they finally got there.
c.He refused to ask directions.


Posted by Father of 3, a resident of Midtown,
on Apr 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Paul, is it Losch or Losh? A bad joke by any name...

"Very rare for a Jew to be knighted." If you substituted African American for Jew in your joke, and the inference was that it was very rare for an African American to get such recognition for his good deeds because such a great African American was hard to find, would anyone find that funny. Next year Paul, eat a little bread of affliction, maybe go to church, pet an Easter Bunny and take the night off.


Posted by patronizing, a resident of Crescent Park,
on Apr 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

If you are not Jewish and this is not a Jewish newspaper, what on earth made you think that telling a Jewish joke would be in the least bit amusing?

Rule of thumb: the butt of any joke should be the person telling it.


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