Springtime Fever

This Time Of The Year May Be The Most Joyous Time For Many

Next to the, end of the year holidays, this time of the year may be the most joyous time for many.  It is springtime, the world comes alive, long dormant flowers and trees return to life, the color green replaces brown, and, for tens of millions of people, two holidays, that coincidentally occur at almost the same time are celebrated.

It is springtime, the world comes alive, long dormant flowers and trees return to life, the color green replaces brown

 

Easter and Passover

These are, of course, Easter and Passover.  Though their stories vary considerably, there is, to some extent, a common thread that ties these holidays together.  Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ, a time of renewal and rebirth, and an affirmation for many.  Passover celebrates the leaving of a people from a land in which they were oppressed, and allowed them to then worship their deity as they wished.

Hope May Be Expressed In a Multitude Of Ways

 
These holidays represent so much more then little bunnies, painted eggs, ritualistic feasts, and hiding matzo. While today we tend to trivialize some aspects of these holidays, it is worth noting that they both, in telling their unique stories, celebrate, among many other attributes, the hope that the human race was instilled with, from ancient times, to our time. Hope springs eternal, a phrase that could have originated from the Greek mythology, as hope was what was found in the enigma that was Pandora’s Box.  The human race has enjoyed thousand of years of evolution to nurture, need, and cling to hope.  Many people speak of seeing the glass as “half full”, again, a reiteration of hope.  Hope may be expressed in a multitude of ways, but the result is always the same.
 

Hope Should Never Be Forsaken Or Shortchanged

As we go to Church, or sit down to eat more then we should, it is worth noting that hope should never be forsaken or shortchanged.  Hope, probably one of the most basic of human instincts, one that has carried many a man or women through the toughest of times, for the longest time. Following this logic, the case can be made these two holidays, that occur simultaneously, really, at the end of the day, are not that different, after all.