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14 Two books for fans of Rugrats cartoon tell the story of Passover for children BOOK REVIEWS By Dona Adler Rosen Asst. Book Review Editor A Pickles Passover (Rugrats) by Richie Chevat Illustrated by Idea + Design Works Simon and Schuster, New York 2003 $330 I am not a big fan of the Rugrats cartoon, but this one is really funny. Telling the story of the flight from Egypt, the family participates in a Seder. The table is a multi generational fam- ily affair, replete with neighbors, highlighting the shared concept of the Seder. It begins with the children questioning "what is a Seder" and we learn as the meal progresses with purpose and celebration. The traditional symbols of Passover are all cov- ered and explained but the kids misinterpret resulting in comical mayhem. "Come kinder," Grandpa Boris called. "It's time for the Seder!" "Psst, Tommy," Kimi said. "What's a say-duh?" "At Passover, before you eat, the growed-ups ask questions," Tommy answered. "What if I don't know the answers?" Chuckie asked ner- vously. "Then the matzoh monster comes and squashes you flat!" Angelica said with a sneer. "I don't want to be squashed!" cried Chuckie. The illustrations bring a smile as the kids envision what the symbols mean. They are quite inventive. For example, as the charoses is explained as the mortar to bind the building blocks to make the pyramid, one kid envisions a buck- etful of lego bricks and a tub of charoses used to make a pyramid while the tyrannical overseer controls the Dana Adler Rosen struggling Jews. Chil- dren and adults will appreciate this as a read aloud book. The traditional elements of the holiday, including sharing with those less fortunate, are explained but with a sense of humor. Let My Babies Go/ A Passover Story by Sarah llson Illustrated by Barry Goldberg Simon and Schuster, New York 1998 $5.99 paper back The first Rugrats Passover book explains the story of Passover beginning with Moses Tomplo laraol Aloha O..hai Auction .qatur, Mar00 29 7.30 pm Fabuloue llomel Furniture from Haynes Party Planning from Pearl Taylor and Star Whitake 4-Night Stay on Paradise Island from Land'Or Seder-to-Go for 10 from Toque's Piano Performance by Rabbi Panitz Southeastern Virginia Jewish News and the enslavement of the Hebrews. This book is well done and is recommended for children 4 - 8. Don't let the Rugrats moniker dissuade you from pur- chasing this otherwise fine expla- nation of Passover. It begins as the children climb into Grandpa Boris' lap and he reads them the story of Passover. As he explains, ever the scholar, "Passover is a time for Jewish families to share the history of their people!" Explaining the holiday, Hebrew babies are the characters. The children are enslaved, moving huge blocks of stone, to build the giant pyra- mids. Moses ultimately stands before the Pharaoh and demands "Let my babies go!" Tbey are the ones who bravely withstand the plagues, fearlessly flee with no time for raised leavened bread, and courageously run through the parting waters of the Red Sea. The book subtly sends the mes- sage of strength, action, and com- mitment to convictions. Not bad for a cartoon. Gr00at FoodI Stir Fried Veggies Chow Mein Noodles Teriyaki Chicken Sweet and Sour Tuna Egg Rolls Tropical Desserts Onlg 00...and imk_dm 2 drink um/o 1900h the Oft00. March Minister investigates bond between Dead Sea Scrolls and Christianity The Dead Sea Scrolls And the Jewish Origins Of Christianity by Carsten Peter Thiede. New York: Palgrave. 2001. Pp. 256. $27.95. ISBN 0-312-29361-5 By Israel Zoberman First-century expert Professor Carsten Peter Thiede who teaches both in Switzerland and Israel, is also an Anglican Church minis- ter. His present study investigates in an intriguing detective-like manner the bond between the Dead Sea Scrolls and Christiani- ty's birth within Judaism. He asserts that indeed Christianity began as a Jewish movement with his research aiming to con- tradict, through solid research and not demagoguery, those who would separate Christianity from its Jewish antecedents. The 1947 discovery of the famous scrolls by Bedouins in 11 caves near the Holy Land's Dead Sea, is one of the great archaeo- logical discoveries of the 20th century if not of all times. Writ- ten between 150 BCE and 68 CE .... . .... +:they ar'ihegnty avble docu-  ments from the Second Temple period which ended with Jerusalem's Temple destruction by the Romans in the year 70. The author follows meticu- lously the scrolls' reflection in ancient writings along with plac- ing the scrolls in their distinct real-life context of historical, social and cultural forces. A well- known papyrologist, Thiede is aided by the latest available tech- nology such as radiocarbon analysis. He emphatically denies the assumption that Christianity grew out of the Essenes' cult. "James was not the Teacher of Righteousness, John the Baptist was no Essene, Paul was no Roman secret agent chasing the Essene Christians." The Essenes chose a secluded lifestyle of communal living and unique ritual in contrast to stream society with their center in the Dead Sea's between Jericho and Ein Another center was in Their about 4,000 claims Thiede on the overall information from the works of four guished personalities - Pliny the Elder, Dion Philo and Josephus - were ly spread throughout the Not all the Essenes with the notable exception priestly leadership. The cautions us against the scrolls totally with Essenes, suggesting that Christianity had Roman Empire's major because of Jewish tradition found Old Testament (Hebrew tures). He regards the lection as the key to the ish connection of the Yet, those aligned with surely encountered the and their principles for there open interaction among the' ous operating groups, including the ducces,+ and r_eatots. high possibility that per occurred in an Essene house given the carrying a jar of water, an Essene community slaves and women who formed that task. It is though that fertile ground for vor among the Jews the oppressive Roman tion. Not all the Dead Sea very small fragments have pieced together with the identify the various scribes to tackle a challenge. The latest method of confocal laser ning analysis promises to J the very expensive and DNA/DNS identification CONTINUE The Interior designer who cares & listens to your needs. Experience makes the difference. Window Treatments Fabrics 8, Wallcoverlng Furniture & Csrpsts Reupholsterlng & Refinishing Lamps & Accessories FRANCINE MORGAN Compllrnentar/initial 1709 Colley Ave., Consultation