A friend just pointed out that Easter falls on April Fools’ Day this year. The resurrection of Christ, he says, is the ultimate April Fools’ prank! I know it’s silly, but this coincidence really bothers me. How do you see it?
Rabbi Rami: April Fools’ Day is the perfect day for Easter. St. Luke tells us that when the Athenians “heard of the
resurrection of the dead, some laughed” (Acts 17:32). Luke thinks they were scoffing; I think they were “grokking”! Laughter is the sound of awakening made by the Fool for Christ (1 Corinthians 4:10) who, like Jesus, knows “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). This Easter, put on the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and free yourself from the fear of death and the grip of those who use that fear to disempower and manipulate you. When you hear that “He is risen” (Matthew 28:6), laugh with abandon and rise, as well!
I’m attending my first Passover seder this year. I’ve been reading up on the holiday, but I can’t figure out exactly what Jews think it means. Why can’t you people agree on these things?
Jews not agreeing with other Jews as to what Judaism i …
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. In the print version of our magazine, he has an advice column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” addressing reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more. His latest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art. Rabbi Rami hosts our podcast, “Essential Conversations.”