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      What's So Special About The Jews?

      by Tamar Yonah

      I have been slaving away with other Jewish women (and men) cleaning and preparing for the Pesach (Passover) Holiday.  My hands are cut and raw from scrubbing. My back aches. My time is pressured.  Why do we do it?  Seems that most Jewish holidays are summed up by the common joke:

      "They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat". 

      Yet we carry on every year, commemorating these holy days, that we should not forget. One may ask, why is it so important?  What's the point?  Why not just live a happy-go-lucky, fun life?  As long as you don't hurt anyone else, what's the big deal?  However, we know there is a bigger picture involved here.

      Mankind is on a journey.  I believe we are coming to a very important time in history when the world will finally get the answers to the above questions, and more.

      Our history is rich in stories showing us how much G-d loves us.  Please view this appropriately nice pre-Pesach (Passover) video.  While watching this re-enactment of the miracles G-d did for us, keep in mind how much He loves us. He really loves us!  He didn't do this for any other nation in the world.

      Were you inspired?  Even just a wee bit? We are commanded at the Pesach Seder to feel as if we personally were taken out of Egypt.  The Jewish holidays that we celebrate are to remind us, to teach us, to improve us.  Please see below another short video clip which might bring you to answer the question regarding the title of this blog. 

      I have to say here, that I liked the video below, however, I was perturbed by the ending.  It should have ended with a conclusion.  But perhaps that's the point.  Perhaps they ended the video like this so that people could answer the question for themselves....

      So, what's so special about the Jews?