Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Today's rambling train of thought
Yesterday was the last day of Passover and in part because my first wife was a 'rebel' Chabad-Lubavitch, [for whom and for my mother, father & uncle, we lit a Yahrtzeit candle], my immediate family continue a Chabad custom of the 'Messiah's feast', a celebration of the past week but is also hopefully looking o the arrival of the Messiah (with our Bible verse being Isaiah 10, 32 to 12 end).
Today is Irsu Chag, that is the day after a festival has ended, so I was able to re buy the family Chamtez from Mr Chang. And not a moment too soon as today is St George's Day,as well as Shakespeare's birthday, so I can of course raise a pint to both. Shakespeare needs little introduction as he is world famous, but St George probably does.Now it is typical of the English that they tend to celebrate Ireland's national day more than their own and apparently a good chunk do not even know when St George's day actually is. It is also ironic that St George wasn't actually English but Turkish or Middle Eastern, who allegedly slew a dragon; however I am in part middle eastern, Jewish, but also British, so perhaps St George is the right 'multicultural' figure for our age and should continue as a celebrated Englishmen?
Every nation needs its legends, just as the Jewish nation has been reciting its own history over the past week and as I said in my post below, I cannot see why people take issue with the idea of England not being a Christian country, besides which if I can believe in burning bushes, plagues and partings of mighty seas, then the English should believe in their national day, St George and dragon slaying.
Now to go and have a beer and celebrate these 2 celebrated Englishmen.