Originally Posted by Sharon
Well I'm just sharing my views on how I feel about it. It doesn't make a huge difference about oranges or whatever being added to the plate. I guess my beliefs differ in that I take a more scriptural meaning to it.
And it does make a world of difference if you are observing the Passover from a secular viewpoint.
Sorry to be the big trubble-maker, lol. Looks like my passion about the subject ended up being the object of other's judgement, but no surprise here.
It would just be nice for once if people who are not Christian could have a discussion of their traditions without someone bringing Christianity into it. I grow weary of it at times. I'm not closed-minded, I'm just sick of it in my face all the time, even in a Jewish-themed thread.
As for "taking a more scriptural meaning to it," I don't know what that means exactly because of poor wording, but if you mean that your
beliefs are based on scripture and that the beliefs of Jews who bring new traditions to the Passover seder are not based on scripture, that's a pretty rigid view of scripture. Throughout history, the rabbis have discussed and debated the validity of different interpretations of scripture and there are a variety of traditional practices when it comes to how to observe Passover. For instance, most Ashkenazi Jews keep kosher for Passover by eliminating not only leavening and things made with flour from their diets for the week, but also legumes, rice and corn. Sephardic Jews, however, eat legumes, rice and corn on Passover. Is one tradition interpreting scripture incorrectly? Some might think so, but I see it as interpreting scripture differently and choosing to base a tradition on that interpretation. Scripture is not inert--it's a living entity to many people, something that is always open to discussion and interpretation. It sometimes changes over time as well.
And then of course there is the fact that the vast majority of the world's Jews don't believe the messiah has arrived, so to them (including myself) your discussion of a messianic view of Passover is moot. To them, the New Testament isn't part of scripture, so your interpretation of Passover would not be based on scripture.
Looks like I couldn't ignore this after all. Sorry for making this into a debate. Those of you who just wanted to have a nice discussion of the orange on the seder plate (as I once did) can ignore this message too!