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There Really Is (Kosher) ‘Coca Cola’ For Passover. This NOT An April Fool’s Joke.

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They have YELLOW Caps.

I kid you not.


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All my decades of close association with those of the Judaic faith and I only learnt about Passover Coke today!

I had asked a somewhat of a recluse Jewish friend what is plans were for Passover. He said he planned to go out and get some Matza bread and SWEET Coca Cola. He doesn’t kid much so I knew that there had to be some basis to this comment. So, I Googled ‘Passover Coca Cola‘. BINGO.

He called it ‘SWEET’ because it, unlike regular Coca Cola, is made with REAL SUGAR. That is what makes it Kosher for Passover. No corn syrup! Normal Coke is sweetened with corn syrup. Corn does not meet the Passover prohibition on grain and leavened items.

Hence, the use of real sugar.

Brilliant.

I don’t think I have ever seen YELLOW CAP Coca Cola bottles in New Hampshire. But, I am going to go looking.


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Easter Friday & Passover 2019 Are AGAIN On The SAME DAY — This Time April 19.

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This happens more often than most people realize or appreciate, i.e., Good Friday and Passover falling on the SAME DAY.

It happened last year, i.e., 2018, and it was also the case in 2015 & 2011.

Having it happen in consecutive years is rare. So, rejoice and take note.

It will happen again in 3-years, i.e., 2022.

But note, we are talking about Friday — Good Friday — rather than Easter, which is on the Sunday.

Given that the two holidays are related it should not come as a great surprise that they do fall, close together.

For those that haven’t thought about it the Crucifixion happened just after Passover. Jesus had come to Jerusalem for Passover. The last supper is believed to have a Passover connection.

Hence the connection. In early Christianity Easter was celebrated at the same time as the Passover. So that they fall together, per a now very convoluted and artificial formula used by the Western Church, is to be expected.

Easter Sunday, per the ‘latest’ formula, can fall between March 22 (the day after the nominal ‘March 21’ Spring Equinox) and April 25.

Last year Easter was quite early. This year it is quite late.

However, Easter Sunday can NEVER COINCIDE with the Passover! The formula used to calculate Easter has this built-in.

So, it is always GOOD FRIDAY that can coincide with Passover — and never Easter per se.

Just thought you might find this interesting.


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Would You Put A Statue Of Jesus In Fish Tank At A Chinese Restaurant?

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I was both surprised and amused to see this in what was quite a big & fancy fish tank at the ‘new’ ‘Eastern Paradise‘ Chinese restaurant in Rochester, New Hampshire.

What were — or what are — they thinking?

Yes, there are UNLIKELY to be many Buddhists in Rochester.

People, even the Chinese would never think of putting images of Jesus in unusual surroundings — but they have no compunction when it comes to the Buddha. Maybe it is because they kind of know that he is not around. He is a goner. Attained ‘nirvana’ — meaning he ceased to exist.

Not as BAD as the Incense Dispenser I saw at T.J. Maxx in 2016!

Then there was also the Buddha inside a snow globe!

If I was the restaurant owner I would have had second thoughts about this. Not the smartest thing in the world to do.

What do YOU think?


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Virgin Mary — The Patron Saint Of #MeToo.

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Click to access this post from last year where I talk about how God had to have violated Free Will when he put Jesus on Earth.


A friend of mine by sending me a detailed exposition of ‘Determinism’ got me thinking about ‘Free Will’ again.

As I talked about in this post, I firmly believe that God violated ‘Free Will’ when he gave ‘us’ Jesus without ever consulting any of us — NOT even (poor) Mary.

And that got me thinking. Poor Mary. She had NO choice. She was NOT given a chance to say ‘No’!

Wow. How times have changed?

But, we don’t bring this up. It should be.

But, I am an equal opportunity skeptic. I was brought up a DEVOUT Buddhist by my adoptive parents — my adoptive father a big muckety-muck in International Buddhist circles.

As a child I was brought up to think what an amazing person Gautama Buddha was. Then, in my 40s, as a DIVORCED dad of two, I suddenly realized something. Gautama Buddha was a Deadbeat Dad! He abandoned his 1-day old son and snuck away at night with a male servant. They never heard from him for 7-years. Classic Deadbeat Dad. Buddhists get very mad at me when I bring this up. But, it has to be said.

So ….

Why do we cut slack?

And that then brings up …


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“God’s Final Word” Was At The Alton (NH) Dump On Monday.

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It is a local ‘outfit’ belonging to a ‘licensed home inspector‘ per the small print under the main message. It is very clever advertising!

I don’t know … something incongruous about seeing ‘this’ at the ‘dump‘ (i.e., our recycling center) towing a rather makeshift trailer. You somehow expect it to be in more salubrious settings.

I was clambering up a bank taking pictures. So, I could get this shot from a higher vantage — which seemed appropo.


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Easter Friday & Passover 2018 Are On The SAME DAY — March 30.

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This happens more often that you probably realized, i.e., Good Friday and Passover falling on the SAME DAY.

It happened in 2015 & 2011 and it will happen again next year. Having it happen in consecutive years is rare, and I will tackle that next year. {Smile}

Given that the two holidays are related it should not come as a great surprise that they do fall, close together.

For those that haven’t thought about it the Crucifixion happened just after Passover. Jesus had come to Jerusalem for Passover. The last supper is believed to have a Passover connection.

Hence the connection. In early Christianity Easter was celebrated at the same time as the Passover. So that they fall together, per a now very convoluted and artificial formula used by the Western Church, is to be expected.

Easter Sunday, per the ‘latest’ formula, can fall between March 22 (the day after the nominal ‘March 21’ Spring Equinox) and April 25.

However, Easter Sunday can NEVER COINCIDE with the Passover! The formula used to calculate Easter has this built-in.

So, it is always GOOD FRIDAY that can coincide with Passover — and never Easter per se.

Just thought you might find this interesting.


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Search on ‘Easter‘.


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The Craziest Thing I Saw Yesterday — October 24. 2017.

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Red berries in profusion New Hampshire 2017 Anura Guruge Sony a7 II


I saw this at the Alton (NH) Circle gas station around 4:10pm. I was across the road taking some pictures so the camera was already at hand.

I tried to parse that message every which way and it still does not make any sense to I.

It makes it sound like God is no more (not that that makes much difference to I).

What about the Holy Trinity? Isn’t Jesus & God one and the same thing?

And then the yellow lettering below that!

Wow. Made my day though.

Plus, how can Bill O’Reilly be blaming God if God has passed the baton onto Jesus?


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