South Park on Passover

South Park takes on the Passover story, telling it from the point of view of the Egyptians–along with cartoonishly gruesome images of little lambs having their throats slit, which I will now never be able to get out of my head. (For some reason, those images bother me more than the depictions of human children’s heads exploding that appear in the same clip; but analyzing the logic of that reaction will be a task for another occasion.)

Watch the clip

By coincidence, we were discussing this story last week in my class on myth as part of a unit on the persistence and adaptation of ancient myths in modern societies. We used Chabad’s English Haggadah to represent a traditional seder and then compared it to the Reconstructionists’ New American Haggadah to see how the latter had adjusted the telling/performance of the myth to reflect modern sensibilities and promote a distinctively American Jewish identity.

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