Secret Jews Uncovering Hidden Jewish History

Welcome to another episode of, Secret Jews, brought to you by Dr. Randi I Ross and the William David Company. Inspired by the documentary film, The Secret Jews Of Calabria, a story about Rabbi Barbara Aiello was created by producer Carl Perkal and IbexMotion film makers.

In this episode of Secret Jews Uncovering Hidden Jewish History entitled, Was The Last Supper A Passover Seder?, Rabbi Aiello talked about Jesus was born, lived and died a Jew and his life as recorded in the Christian bible includes celebrations and traditions that support his and lifelong Jewish connection.

For example, when the Christian bible speaks of the presentation of the baby Jesus in the Temple eight days after his birth, historians recognize this event as the Brit Milah or circumcision ceremony.

Then, as a young teen, Jesus is described as having preached in the Temple – an event that speaks to the coming-of-age Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Throughout his life, Jesus emphasized his adherence to basic Jewish traditions, so it is not at all unusual that many historians believe that Jesus’ “Last Supper” was most likely the traditional Passover Seder meal. During her presentation, Rabbi Barbara will explain the basics of the Passover Seder and how the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt holds a special message for Christians as well.

“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.”

The story, The Secret Jews Of Calabria, takes you on the incredible journey of the little know history of the Jews of southern Italy. Begining at the time of the Macabees, continues through the horrors of The Inquisition, and arrives at the modern day when Calabrians began to discover and embrace their Jewish roots.  When an American rabbi of Italian descent, Barbara Aiello, returns to her ancestral village in Calabria to encourage the locals to discover their Jewish heritage, not everyone (Jews and Christians) welcomes her. Rabbi Barbara takes you on this challenging journey through the “toe” of the Italian “boot,” as she shares the joys and struggles of the “bnei anusim,” – Italians whose families were forced into Christian conversion centuries ago. Obscure alley ways, secret rooms and hidden traditions come to life as locals share family stories of Jewish traditions that for centuries were hiding in plain sight. “I’m Italian but could I be Jewish too?” Rabbi Barbara’s journey courageously answers that question that has mystified southern Italians for centuries and offers a glimpse into a piece of Jewish history that has only recently come to light.
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