Happy Easter and Happy Passover!
I created illustrations for a book that was published last year entitled “Splat the Cat: Where’s the Easter Bunny?”. My work was based on the characters created by Rob Scotton. Below is one of the pieces I created. The book is a fun read, flip-book aimed at younger kids. However Easter is actually a lot more than a bunny hiding colored eggs in your backyard or munching on marshmallow peeps and chocolate bunnies. In addition to Easter Passover was observed this weekend. Jews all over the world sat down with family and recounted the story of Moses and the Exodus from Egyptian slavery. In honor of both I’ve included some thoughts from scholars on both holidays.My intention is to draw inspiration from both.
Thoughts on Pesach by Rabbi Brant Rosen
There’s no getting around the fact that our seder story is not a neat, tidy or particularly pleasant story. That’s because – as we all know too well – the powerful never give up their power without a fight. No one ever made this point better or more eloquently than Frederick Douglass when he said in 1857:
The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
And these thoughts on Easter from the Washington Post
The spirit in which hundreds of millions of the faithful worldwide greet today’s dawn — as a manifestation of a world-changing, miraculous event. But in many places, and certainly in our own diverse and mostly tolerant country, there’s a strain of the Jeffersonian attitude in this day’s observances, and that’s probably a good thing, too. Easter has achieved unofficial standing as not only a Christian festival but also a sort of national holiday. Believers in the miracle may be joined by skeptics, nonbelievers, followers of other faiths and once-a-year churchgoers in taking what they will, or what they can, from this season’s feeling of hope and renewal. Often it is a sense of awe, an intimation of something transcendental, beyond understanding, common to all peoples and probably essential to most of us.
So, the key thoughts here are powerful ones, ones that we as creative people can digest and act upon. Never give up and witness renewal with awe and excitement.