GOOD MORNING! PESACH SAMEACH! HAPPY EASTER!
Verily I say unto thee… Did you hear about the Jewish gentleman who thought he was a matzah ball? The psychiatrist told him not to worry, it will “pass over!” Oy vay, now we’re rolling. (Which is what some matzah balls do!) All right, here’s an oldie, but a goodie…
“You matzah been a beautiful baby, you matzah been a beautiful… ”
Incidentally, did you know that the above song was written by the great Johnny Mercer, and recorded by Bing Crosby and Bobby Darin? (Twenty years apart!)
Passover, as many of you know, is the day that Jews commemorate their liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. (Yeah, that’s right, we invented slavery, too) Personally, I have no problem with short-term bondage situations, but that’s just me. In any case, the Israelites (and their cousins the Stalagmites) were instructed by Charlton Heston, I mean, Moses, to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb, and upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord would pass over the first-born in these homes. My own parents followed this ritual for many years, but before long flies became a problem and the neighbors filed a complaint. (Anti-semitic bastards!) Any questions about Passover?
All right, let’s move on to Easter, which is a Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I’m not an authority on Easter, but I know it is preceded by something called Lint. Again, I’m not positive, but I believe this is where we get the term “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” I think that people who celebrate Easter are often called Easterners. In any case, just like their Jewish brethren, Christians have some fun customs associated with the holiday. Easter egg hunting is one of the most popular. (Rich Christians often hide the whole dang chicken! ) Was that a “fowl” joke? What can I say, I’m “hen-pecked.” Where was I?
The Easter bunny has become symbolic of the holiday, and the foundation of a very tantalizing stew. (Here come the emails from PETA!) Chill out, you vegetarians. There are plenty of bunnies (no Playboy jokes, please) and besides, the darn things multiply very quickly. (They are also good at division.) Hey, did you know that “vegetarian” is the Navajo world for “bad hunter?” My wife makes rabbit stew every year. (The darn stuff is hare today and gone tomorrow!) By the way, do you know how to make a rabbit stew? Keep him waiting outside.
Goodness, these jokes are really lame. Speaking of lame, how did a rabbit’s foot become a lucky charm? (The poor rabbit wasn’t so lucky.) I think it’s a barbaric custom. I carry frog’s legs. (and a chilled bottle of chablis.) Hopalong Cassidy did the same thing. (Finish the joke yourself!)
Well, now that I have hopefully shed some light on our religious holidays, I would like to remind our viewing audience that MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE has recently been published and will soon be available on Amazon.com (The Kindle Version is actually available now!) I want to thank each and every one of my 4,375 blog followers for your continued interest and support. None of these literary accomplishments would have been possible without you! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and I wish you and your families the very best. If you happen to be an atheist….. God help you! (Oops, I’m afraid that won’t be possible. Sorry, Charlie, you’re on your own!)
Love to all….. Doc Yanoff.