A great linguist as usual, Silmahtar Though I think the correct transcript is Pesakh...
quote: is the root for the word for "Easter" in nearly all European langauges
I was under the impression that "Easter" originates from the Anglo Saxon "Eastre" - goddess of spring, to which the celebration was originally intended (prior to Christian conversion).
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Telperion, "Easter" is of a group of words that all point to "Aster" - or Star. You are correct, however, that there was a goddess associated with this time / theme of the year.
The "oestre" or "estrus" in animals was a [sexual] "frenzy" related to the Stars, which especially bears itself out in the fact that animals cannot choose when they "come into heat" (as we say).
Personally, I don't think Humans have much choice either , but that's just me! ________________ I found this and I hope you'll enjoy it, although I'm sure you're already familiar!
When Rabbi Gold was knighted by the Queen, as part of the knighting ceremony, he had to kneel before the Queen. And, as we all know, Jews do not bow before anyone except Hashem. On top of that, he was told to recite a paragraph from the Christian liturgy during the actual knighting. The rabbi was in a quandary, as this was being televised, but he could NOT violate the Jewish laws.
The five honorees were lined up waiting for the Queen to receive them. As her royal highness entered the room all kneeled, except for Rabbi Gold. The Queen noticed this, but diplomatically ignored it. Then, the Queen began knighting each person. When she came to Rabbi Gold who still wasn't kneeling, she looked at him expectantly. Realizing she was waiting for the Latin recitation, he began to sweat and shake with nervousness. Then, in a fit of utter desperation, he said the first thing that came to mind, "Mah nishtana halaila hazeh mikol-haleilot!"
The Queen, perplexed, turned to the Prince and asked, "Why is this knight different from all other knights?"... __________________