Passover’s Newest Spokesperson

There’s a new blog addressing religion and pop culture. It uses visual images to grab your attention and it keeps its commentary short and sweet. Welcome to Beyonceder, where images of Jewish life – ancient and modern – are matched with lyrics from Beyoncè’s many hits.

It seems like it’s all in good fun, and I haven’t seen any backlash from it, but I have to wonder whether this is the best way to celebrate Pesach, or Passover, the eight-day festival celebrating God’s passing over of the Jewish homes and the subsequent Exodus out of Egypt. It could go two ways: on the one hand, there is certainly a case to be made that this blog takes away from the significance of Passover and turns the attention to a secular pop star; on the other hand, using Beyoncè could draw attention to Passover and increase its visibility in a country where Easter dominates.

Is there a message behind Beyonceder or is it simply another product of the American obsession with Beyoncè Knowles? Either way, Beyoncè continues to dominate our culture…who knows, someday she might just run the world.


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