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At sundown, this coming Friday Jews all across the world will begin the celebration of Passover. Outside of Israel, the first two days of the holiday begin with a Seder (Jewish holidays begin in the evening). During the Seder Jews across the world tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. But the book that provides the script for the seder doesn’t mention one important person in the biblical Exodus story…MOSES. Yes that Moses… Prophet, miracle maker, former tennis player and prince of Egypt got royally screwed How do I know he played tennis? Doesn’t the bible say that Moses served in the courts of Pharaoh?

The crazy part was that ignoring Moses was not a biblical command, Nowhere in the book of Exodus does it say, “Thus sayeth the Lord, when you remember this day ‘ixnay on the osesmay.’  The Moses omission was a man-made decision.  Refusing to listen to those ancient Rabbis, The Lidblog has found a way to honor poor Moses (who still gets blamed for the fact that if he made a right instead of a left the Jews would have all the oil).

In an attempt to it up to Moses for being left out of the Passover seder, The Lid presents fourteen movie/TV clips of different actors playing Moses on film(below).  Why 14? Because in Jewish numerology seven is the number for spiritual perfection, so as we approach this holy period for both Jews and Christians below is a double dose of spiritual perfection.

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And before we get to the video, while we don’t know what Moses looked like, we do have an idea of what the evil Pharaoh who hated the children of Israel looked like:

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Enjoy the clips below, most of which show the splitting of the Reed Sea (yes Reed –not a typo) I’ll get to that later.

The 1923 Cecil B. DeMille Silent Version of The Ten Commandments:

 

The Moses We All Know Charlton Heston from the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille Remake of The Ten Commandments:

 

The 1975 TV Mini-Series, Moses the Lawgiver Starring Burt Lancaster: The Burning bush scene

 

DreamWorks Animated Prince Of Egypt With Val Kilmer as the Voice of Moses

 

John Marley as Moses in the 1978  Miniseries Greatest Heroes of the Bible (notice that the Israelite trying to get the people to turn around was the Riddler, er…Frank Gorshin)

 

This short 46-second video from Israel doesn’t present the Exodus story the way I remember it:

 

The Ten Commandments (Musical) Val Kilmer as Moses

 

Dougray Scott as Moses in the 2006 Miniseries The Ten Commandments splitting the sea:

 

The Queen Version–Passover Rhapsody – A Jewish Rock Opera

 

Perhaps The Most Human Portrayal of Moses Ever (OK maybe not…. but at least its the funniest and my favorite), Mel Brooks in The History of the World Part 1



The History Channel’s Bible Mini-Series from 2014 had a Moses

 

The latest Moses in the Movie Moses: Gods and Kings–Moses was Played by Christian Bale.  While watching the movie one half expects Moses to punch pharaoh in the face and snarl, I’m Batman.


No Idea who drew the Moses but the soundtrack is the GREAT Louis Armstrong  singing: “Let My People Go”

 

 

We will leave you with the news.  Not Today’s news, but how today’s news would have covered Moses’ exploits in Egypt.

And here is the special bonus 15th video: what would the Exodus have looked like if Moses had Facebook

The Haggadah is a book that was put together by Rabbis after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It was created so Jews would have a guideline of how to celebrate the holiday without the animal sacrifices required by the Torah but could only be conducted in the Holy Temple.
But those Rabbis decided not to honor Moses, who every time the Israelites screwed up prayed for the Lord to forgive them. Instead, they honored Elijah a prophet and a sourpuss.  In chapter 19 of the book of Kings God tried to get  Elijah to pray for the mercy of the people, but instead, he displayed a righteous indignation and demonstrated that he was incapable of accepting that the Israelites were humans and had faults.

Somewhere around 34 centuries ago, Moses acted as God’s agent–helping the children of Israel leave Egypt and head to the Holy Land. But every Passover Seder in the past 2,000 years has ignored Moses.

Think about it, at age 80 when most people sitting on their front porches yelling at kids to get off their lawn, poor Moses had to lead 600,000 Jews (called Israelites at the time) on a forty-year trip through the wilderness, being rewarded with nothing but whining. During that long wilderness walk Jews began a tradition which still exists today, whining about the food during a trip. Oy, the complaints! Can you imagine what nonsense poor Moses had to listen to?  They even complained about the food they received directly from God. That’s why it’s called Manna. Manna or Mah Na is Hebrew for “what is this?” Come on! When God sends you food you don’t run up to your leader and say “Hey Moses what is this crap?”
And when Moses was 120 years old, just when he finally got the Jews close to their destination, The Lord replaces him with a younger guy, Joshua (who was only 90). The poor guy never got to enter Israel and taste falafel, or some good hummus.   Moses deserved better treatment, not only because he endured forty years of leading the Israelites through the wilderness, but for 3,500 years  “not asking for directions” or “making a wrong turn and missed the oil” jokes slandering his name.

Near the end of the Seder, a glass of wine is poured, the front door is opened and an ancient prophet is invited in to parse his thirst. Moses? No, Elijah.

Not Moses but ELIJAH ?!?!?

Moses endured Pharoah, the Exodus, forty years of wandering in a desert-like wilderness and he doesn’t even get offered a glass of freaking water, but Elijah, Mr. “ride a flaming chariot into heaven,” gets a glass of wine at every Seder in every Jewish house across the world. Heck, the last line of the entire Torah says, “And there hath not arisen a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,” but Elijah gets to party. And guess what at every Bris (ritual circumcision) the child’s parents put out an extra chair–it’s for Elijah! So while the guy who would pray for the Jewish people gets wine on Passover, and bagels and whitefish every bris…Moses gets nothing.

In Hebrew, Moses is called Moshe Rabbeinu which means Moses The Teacher. Perhaps he can join a teacher’s union. After all, if anyone deserves union protection…it’s Moses. He got screwed!

Oh and one more thing…the Sea of Reeds. In the original Hebrew, the miracle of splitting the sea occurred at

Yam Suf which translates into Reed Sea. Apparently, the typo was first when the Torah was translated from Hebrew to Latin–and was continued when King James posted his version.

To everybody no matter what faith, have a joyous holiday season.

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