Pesach is a joyfully proud holiday: the Jews prevailed against the strongest power on earth. Rabbis, however, did not want the Jews proud of their strength. Weak Jews are more submissive to rabbinic authority, more centered on afterlife, and more flexible thus have better chance to survive. Rabbis, accordingly, watered down the Pesach. Drunken feast and family fun were substituted for solemn celebration, and mourning the death of rabbi Akiva’s students defeated the Pesach pride. Rabbis forgot to adapt to modern circumstances. The example of rabbi Akiva’s students is counterproductive to their aims. Instead of sitting on society’s welfare, issuing senseless fatwas (oy, halackot) over minute details of Jewish life, and waiting for messiah, rabbi Akiva proclaimed one. Akiva wasn’t a fool, far from that. He surely knew that bar Kochba’s chances against Romans are limited. Yet the wise rabbi did not wait for supernatural wonders or try to preserve his yeshiva, but proclaimed the war. Akiva chose dignity over life – and even over Judaism itself which he put at stake. Like rav Kahane nineteen centuries later, Akiva reasoned that he should do his part and let the Almighty care of the Jews. Akiva sacrificed himself and thousands of his students in the revolt, but he established a thing more important than human lives: the will to fight for the truths that we hold self-evident.