If you've ever seen the movie "The Ten Commandments," then you already know more about Passover than you may realize.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red, the straight-A student, had the Bat Mitzvah while Black, the troublemaker, rarely went to synagogue – so any guess who knows more about Passover, one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays?

When it comes to Passover, Red knows all about the exodus from Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea so the Jews, led by Moses, could escape slavery. She knows the story behind matzo (a cracker-like flatbread) was because the Jews didn't have time to wait for their bread to rise. And that when G-d struck down every firstborn Egyptian male, the lamb's blood over the doors of Jewish homes saved their children (the angel of death "passed over" those homes). In short, she knows everything that was covered in "The Ten Commandments," a Hollywood "blockbuster" movie from 1956 (older than Black!) which Red has seen countless times. (Check your local listings as it's typically aired during the Passover/Easter season.)

Then there's Black, who not only knew what was covered by the movie (one of her favorites) but knows that Passover is all about four – four questions, four sons, four expressions of redemption, and four cups of wine. And she'll admit that over the years, there were Passover seders (the traditional Passover feast) that sometimes felt as if they lasted four hours!

P.S. – Last year, we wrote about Passover from the perspective of the plague of COVID-19 in Red & Black ...This Too Shall Pass Over.

It’s hard to believe the topic of the Supreme Court and abortion could become any more controversial or dramatic. But there was no way to know a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade would be leaked to the press. A situation so shocking, it’s being compared to the "Pentagon Papers" leak.

Yes, leaks happen all the time in politics – at the campaign level, sometimes from Congress, and even on occasion from the executive branch. But from the Supreme Court of the United States??? Yet as Black said to Red just after it happened,

Nowadays, it is just too easy to have a “leak” as almost everything is just a “click away” from being shared or printed. No clandestine nights at the copy machine are required.

There’s an expression … throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Well, Supreme Court decisions on “babies” (well, technically fetuses) may also impact its integrity.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: There’s no question the recent Supreme Court cases involving abortion are controversial and may have a major impact on Roe v. Wade; something that both Red (as a mom to two daughters) and Black (as a highly independent woman who made the conscious decision not to have children) have strong feelings about, albeit focused on two very different aspects.

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BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red appreciates that some holidays have historical significance, some have ancient traditions, and some are opportunities for one of Black’s unexpected, but often amusing and clever, comments, but May Day checks all those boxes.

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To quote the lyrics from "West Side Story," “Could be … who knows …”

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red, the theater major and lover of Broadway musicals, has loved "West Side Story" for as long as she can remember, so imagine her surprise when Black, usually only interested in the business aspects of the entertainment world, shared a “new” fact (at least, new to Red) about one of the most popular musicals ever produced.

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