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Rabbi Rami: Is Easter an April Fools’ Prank?

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Rabbi Rami answers your spiritual questions.

A friend just pointed out that Easter falls on April Fools’ Day this year. The resurrection of Christ, he says, is the ultimate April Fools’ prank! I know it’s silly, but this coincidence really bothers me. How do you see it? Rabbi Rami: April Fools’ Day is the perfect day for Easter. St. Luke tells us that when the Athenians “heard of the resurrection of the dead, some laughed” (Acts 17:32). Luke thinks they were scoffing; I think they were “grokking”! Laughter is the sound of awakening made by the Fool for Christ  (1 Corinthians 4:10) who, like Jesus, knows “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). This Easter, put on the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and free yourself from the fear of death and the grip of those who use that fear to disempower and manipulate you. When you hear that “He is risen” (Matthew 28:6), laugh with abandon and rise, as well! I’m attending my first Passover seder this year. I’ve been reading up on the holiday, but I can’t figure out exactly what Jews think it means. Why can’t you people agree on these things? Jews not agreeing with other Jews as to what Judaism i …

Rabbi Rami Shipiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, "Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler," addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more.

His newest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality.

He has this to say about religion: “To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the mindset of the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another; and the more languages you know, the more nuanced your understanding of life. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.”

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