At sundown, this coming Friday Jews all across the world will begin the celebration of Passover. Outside of Israel, the first two days of the holiday begin with a Seder (Jewish holidays begin in the evening). In Israel, it’s one day. During the Seder Jews across the world tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. But the Haggadah, the book that acts as the script for the seder doesn’t mention one crucial person in the biblical Exodus story, Moses. Yes THAT Moses… Prophet, miracle maker, former tennis player, and the prince of Egypt got royally screwed. How do I know he was a tennis player? Doesn’t the bible say that Moses served in the courts of Pharaoh?
Leaving Moses out of the Haggadah was not a biblical command, Nowhere in the book of Exodus does it say, “Thus sayeth the Lord, when you remember this day ‘ixnay on the osesmay.’ Moses’ omission was a man-made, rabbinical decision. This is the age where everyone gets a participation trophy, and Moses did much more than participate. Therefore Lidblog has found a way to honor poor Moses (who still has to suffer the indignity of a lousy joke saying if he made a right instead of left, the Jews would have all the oil).
In an attempt to make it up to Moses for being left out of the Passover seder, The Lid presents fourteen movie/TV clips of different actors playing Moses on film(below). Why 14? Because in Jewish numerology seven is the number for spiritual perfection, so as we approach this holy period for both Jews and Christians below is a double dose of spiritual perfection.
And before we get to the video, while we don’t know what Moses looked like, we do have an idea of what the evil Pharaoh who hated the children of Israel looked like:
Enjoy the clips below, most of which show the splitting of the Reed Sea (yes Reed –not a typo) I’ll get to that later.
The 1923 Cecil B. DeMille Silent Version of The Ten Commandments:
The Moses We All Know Charlton Heston from the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille Remake of The Ten Commandments:
The 1975 TV Mini-Series, Moses the Lawgiver Starring Burt Lancaster: The Burning bush scene
DreamWorks Animated Prince Of Egypt With Val Kilmer as the Voice of Moses
John Marley as Moses in the 1978 Miniseries Greatest Heroes of the Bible (notice that the Israelite trying to get the people to turn around was
the Riddler, er…Frank Gorshin)
This short 46-second video from Israel doesn’t present the Exodus story the way I remember it:
The Ten Commandments (Musical) Val Kilmer as Moses
Dougray Scott as Moses in the 2006 Miniseries The Ten Commandments splitting the sea:
The Queen Version–Passover Rhapsody – A Jewish Rock Opera
Perhaps The Most Human Portrayal of Moses Ever (OK maybe not…. but at least its the funniest and my favorite), Mel Brooks in The History of the World Part 1
The History Channel’s Bible Mini-Series from 2014 had a Moses
The latest Moses in the Movie Moses: Gods and Kings–Moses was Played by Christian Bale. While watching the movie one half of me expected Moses to punch pharaoh in the face and snarl, I’m Batman.
How today’s fake MSM news would have covered Moses’ exploits in Egypt.
And what would the Exodus have looked like if Moses had Facebook (and wasn’t put in the penalty box because he liked religion).
Near the end of the Seder, a glass of wine is poured, the front door is opened and an ancient prophet is invited in to parse his thirst. Moses? No, Elijah.
Not Moses but ELIJAH ?!?!?
Moses endured Pharaoh, the Exodus, forty years of wandering in a desert-like wilderness with Jews constantly complaining about the food, and he doesn’t even get offered a glass of freaking water. But Elijah, Mr. “ride a flaming chariot into heaven,” get a glass of wine at every Seder in every Jewish house across the world. Heck, the last line of the entire Torah begins with, “And there was no other prophet who arose in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,” but Elijah gets to party at the Passover seders.
And guess what, it’s not just Passover at every Bris (ritual circumcision) the child’s parents put out an extra chair–it’s for Elijah! So while the guy who wouldn’t pray for the Jewish people gets wine on Passover, and bagels and whitefish every bris…Moses gets nothing.
In Hebrew, Moses is called Moshe Rabbeinu which means Moses the Teacher. Perhaps he can join a teacher’s union. After all, if anyone deserves union protection. He got screwed!
Oh and one more thing…the Sea of Reeds. In the original Hebrew, the miracle of splitting the sea occurred at
Those two Hebrew words are pronounced Yam Suf and the English translation is Sea of Reeds. Apparently, the typo was first when the Torah was translated from Hebrew to Latin–and was continued when King James posted his version.
To everybody no matter what faith, have a joyous holy season.