vignette, taken from Jewish Action's Spring, 5755 (1995) issue, illustrates one of our
elusive national goals: unity, taught by a parent to a child, in accord with the
educational spirit of Pesach.
Matzah of Peace
During the Civil War, Myer Levy was a Union soldier who found himself patrolling a Virginia town on Pesach. As he turned up a street in this hostile territory, he spied a little boy sitting outside, eating a piece of matzah. At last, a fellow Jew!
When he jovially asked him for a piece, the child fled indoors screaming, "Mama, come quick! There's a damn Yankee Jew here!" The child's mother raced outside - and promptly invited the soldier to join their Seder.