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On Thursday April 14th @8:15PM EST, Rabbi Barbara Aiello hosted a live online google+ hangout event revealing a Secret Passover Tradition?
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Five hundred years ago while Inquisition authorities were arresting, jailing and persecuting Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Jews for "judaizing" (practicing in secret), there were courageous Christian families who secretly opened their homes to Jews so that they could hold a Passover seder on a night that would not arouse the suspicion of the Inquisition's henchmen. That's how the Hamishi Seder was born. Under the cover of darkness, deep in the basement rooms of their homes, and at great personal peril, Christians opened their doors to their Jewish neighbors, allowing them to kasher the space. With a table laden with symbolic Passover food and "pane azimo," unleavened bread, our ancestors had the opportunity to hold their and hold their secret seder.
Some historians believe that the Russian painter, Moshe Maimon’s most famous work, “Marranos: Secret Seder,” actually tells the story of the Seder Hamishi, a special Passover seder, held, not on the first or second night of Passover, but, as its name suggests, on the fifth night of the holiday. Legend has it that during the time of the Inquisition, first in Spain, then in Portugal and finally on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and into Italy’s mainland, Jews who had been forced into Christian conversion (b’nai anusim) were helped, surprisingly, by their Christian neighbors.
"Rabbi Barbara Aiello's mission is to serve our Jewish "meshpucha" in ways that are exciting and exhilarating and meeting the needs of a modern world."
Rabbi Barbara is dedicated to discovery, connection and continuity in Judaism. Pluralistic Judaism in Europe is on the move and in Italy it is growing fast. Like modern Jews around the world we believe in egalitarian participation in services, supporting interfaith families and in making the Jewish religion relevant to modern life. Rabbi Barbara divides her time between Serrastretta, Italy in the summer and Sarasota, Florida in the winter. In Italy she is rabbi of Ner Tamid del Sud, the Calabria Synagogue, and in Sarasota she is resident rabbi of the Jewish Senior Living Facility, Kobernick House and Anchin Pavilion.
Rabbi Barbara conducts Jewish & Interfaith Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows, and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in Italy, US & will travel around the world.
Rabbi Barbara and her partners of the documentary, The Secret Jews Of Calabria team, host a weekly show called, Secret Jews http://www.rabbibarbara.com/virtual-rabbi-barbara/google-hangouts/
Rabbi Barbara is known as "The Radio Rabbi" and can be heard weekly on her radio show, http://www.rabbibarbara.com/virtual-rabbi-barbara/radio-show/
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