Thursday, May 15, 2014

Holiday Postponments

The holidays invented by Zionist Rabbis (Yom Hazicharon and Yom Haatzmaut) were postponed this year because everyone understands that a national Yom Hazicharon ceremony can't be produced on Saturday night without causing some Sabbath desecration.

In other news, the holiday invented by Hasidic Rabbis (Lag B'omer) falls on Sunday this year, and the national bonfire celebrations on Saturday night in Meron will also be impossible to prepare without causing some Sabbath desecration. At the very least,  police and soldiers need to be put into position. Has the holiday been postponed? Of course not! (The lighting of the bonfire has been delayed, but its unclear how that delay eliminates the Sabbath desecration.)

Fun Fact to Know and Tell: The Sages canceled a biblical obligation (blowing the shofar on the first day of Rosh Hashana) out of fear of Sabbath desecration! But heaven forfend that a bonfire ritual copied from gentiles to honor a hagiography be postponed! That's your Judaism 2014. Turn off your brain and just keep doing what the ancestors you personally cherish were believed to have done.

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