Critical Writing Index

Passover, Easter and the ethics of a shepherd

by Rick Salutin

The Toronto Star, Mar 29

This column speaks about the Jewish tradition of seder, specifically within the lens of those living in the diaspora or "exile" in relation to media such as Kathy Wazana's "They Were Promised the Sea", Art Spiegalman's "Maus" and Harvey Pekar's "Not the Israel my Parents Promised Me". He also draws contrast on "positive" views on Jewish exile through "the ethics of a shepherd" where many founder-heroes in the Jewish canon (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David) lived wandering, rural lives that often went downhill once settled.

ITEM 2013.168 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

They Were Promised the SeaKathy Wazana

MausArt Spiegelman

Not the Israel My Parents Promised MeHarvey Pekar