The news yesterday was that President Obama will hold a Passover Seder in the White House tonight, the first time a Seder has been held in the White House.
So, who is going to ask him to hold Family Home Evening some Monday night?
Seriously, the number of Mormons and Jews in the United States are comparable. If a Jewish custom, especially one that covers events recognized as important by most religious people in the country, can be adopted by the President, why not a Mormon custom, especially one meant to strengthen an institution that is almost universally considered important?
I am being a little facetious, I admit. But I think its worth pointing out… and suggesting to myself (and anyone else willing to listen), that we could be a little more forthright about who and what we are.
Of course, there is another issue here also–when does it make sense to adopt another group’s cultural artifacts? There are Mormons who have adopted Passover (Julie even reviewed a book on the subject here a couple of years ago), as have many Christians.
As I said above there isn’t anything that I know of that would make Passover incompatible, but if we take over Jewish customs, do we remove something that makes Jews unique?