Thursday, April 02, 2015

Brother Against Brother

Next week marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. I hope to have a series of posts about it then, but here's one that links that event with Pesach:

150 years ago tomorrow (on the Jewish calendar), Philadelphian Myer Levy, a Union Army corporal, was walking through a captured Virginia town, thinking he had no place- and nothing, really- to eat for Passover when he saw a boy sitting on the steps to a house eating something that looked familiar.

He went up to him: "Hello, young man! May I have a piece of that matzah?"

The boy ran into the house shouting, "Mother! There's a damn Yankee Jew outside!" The mother came out and politely invited Levy to join them for the seder.

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