According to Rabbi Pinchas Peli, no one expressed thanks to G-d until
Jacob’s wife Leah gave thanks for the birth of her fourth son whom she
named Yehuda, which means ‘G-d be thanked’.
The coat of arms of Sir Moses Montefiore was inscribed ‘Think and Thank’.
Expressing gratitude was incorporated into Jewish law and ritual. The
thanksgiving offering was the first among the peace offerings.
The ultimate aim of the sacrificial rites was not to meet G-d’s needs,
but to inspire people to bear witness to him. The Temple service
provided people with rituals, which bonded them together in the service
of G-d, writes Rabbi Sydney Bristo.
The shabbat before Pesach, Shabbat Hagadol, derives its name either from
a verse in the Haftara for the day from Malachi or from the miracle that
on the Shabbat before Pesach, the children of Israel prepared to
sacrifice a sheep, a sacred Egyptian animal, and the Egyptians did not
interfere with their plan.
Pesach and Easter.
That the last supper was not a Seder has been clearly argued by Rabbi
Michael Troop of Temple Bet Israel, who stated that there was no
evidence of the Pesach Seder as a religious rite anywhere in the world
prior to 70 CE, when the Temple was destroyed. In addition Jesus was
crucified on Nissan 14th, after the last supper. .
The Seder service, writes Rabbi Troop, is about the birth of freedom and
the birth of our people as a nation.
Throughout the centuries, the proximity in time of Pesach and Good
Friday has led to violence against the Jews who have dared to survive.