Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Passover

Here is a good explanation of Passover from Wikipedia: 

It commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.
In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the slaughter of the first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord passed over these homes, an easy way to remember the holiday[clarification needed]. There is some debate over where the term is actually derived from.[4] When the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven). In commemoration, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is called "The Festival of the Unleavened Bread".[5] Matzo (flat unleavened bread) is a symbol of the holiday.
Together with Shavuot ("Pentecost") and Sukkot ("Tabernacles"), Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals (Shlosha Regalim) during which the entire Jewish populace historically made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.[6] Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.[7][8]
The Christian feast of Maundy Thursday finds its roots in the Jewish feast of Passover, the night on which the Last Supper occurred.[9]"

Z: There is a VERY interesting explanation of Christ in the Passover HERE.  For anyone interested in seeing, it please click on the link.  There are other amazing ways Jesus is foretold in the Passover dinner and you can Google for them, too.


To my Jewish friends, please have a blessed Passover, particularly the seder of such delicious (send me some tsimmis or latkes or matzo ball soup, please!) and very meaningful foods and rich celebration of when God brought the Israelites out of Egypt.
To my Christian and Jewish-believer friends, some of you celebrate Passover, too, because Jesus was a Jew and did participate in Seder dinners, particularly his last one when 'participating' actually meant his death.....he said  "It is finished"- at the moment that the Passover lamb was sacrificed and the shophar was blown from the Temple. The sacrifice of the lamb of God was fulfilled at the hour that the symbolic animal sacrifice usually took place."

May God bless us all, Jews and Christians..........during our holy season and always.  And may he bless our country.

z

19 comments:

sue hanes said...

Z - Right off - I would say that the colors are so beautiful in that picture. I'll try to write something about the content later.
My eyes aren't fully awake yet.
But the colors are so vivid. I love colors.

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Brooke said...

I hope you have a wonderful Easter, Z. Great history, too!

Elmers Brother said...

We celebrated the Seder with our church family last night. What a blessing.

Z said...

You too, Brooke. The history is so interesting, you're right.

Sue, colors are good!

Elbro, I had a friend come to my old church where he presented the Seder dinner showing the foreshadowing of the N.T. in it and it was so powerful that one of my girlfriends' dads became a believer. GOod stuff.
I'm glad you felt blessed by your seder.

Elmers Brother said...

The matzo that is hidden away is called the afikikomem...it means I have already come.

Impertinent said...

After siting through a 5 hour + seder one year...I converted too! Back to Catholicism!!

By the time we got to the food....we all had about 10 glasses of wine!

Z said...

Imp...maybe that's the whole point!
I used to laugh when we lived in France, that the chic-er the dinner party, the less canapes they served...so, we'd arrive at 8:30 and dinner would be at 10 pm, and by the time we'd had only champagne and NUTS, ANY food would taste good! SO, hence "French food is great" was invented :-)
But, it really IS..
and so is Jewish food.

I Love seder dinners and never sat through one that long. I like the Eastern European 'tsimmis', which is short ribs and veggies in a beautiful sauce.....and I like the horse radish, etc etc...mmm I even kind of like gefilte fish! And, I used to make my own matzo ball soup. I know "What's a good Armenian girl like you cooking .."!??

I got a LITTLE upset when I realized the dinner was largely about networking "and I will work and pass on work to Jews in the community" THat kind of bugged me!

Elbro, there are so many different things that foreshadow Christ...the fact that there are 3 parts of the matzo-tash, the wrapping the matzo in linen and letting the kids find it, the putting blood on the door (up, to the left, to the right, and down...like crossing oneself). etc etc.

May I also add I have never been asked to a seder dinner since I married my German husband. True.

Impertinent said...

"May I also add I have never been asked to a seder dinner since I married my German husband. True..."


Huh?

Z said...

"huh?" what, Imp?

Elmers Brother said...

So right! So many foreshadowing. I've been told that the hiding of matzo may have been added by the early Jewish Chiristians and somehow adopted into some traditional Jewish Passover observances. As I understand it the word afikomen is a Greek word.

Silverfiddle said...

The Ten Commandments is a really cool movie that tells the Story of God guiding Moses as he leads his people out of Egyptian bondage.

I don't know what Jewish people think of it, but I've always enjoyed it...

Happy Easter Z!

sue hanes said...

SF - I LOVE The Ten Commandments.

Every bit of it.

And I don't know what Jewish People think of it either - and I've never even thought about it.

sue hanes said...

Z - I simply can't WAIT to see what ya post for your Easter Faith Blog.

Z said...

The Jewish people absolutely honor the 10 Commandments!

Sue, thanks...I like my Easter blog, it's not terribly deep, but it worked for me and I hope it's a blessing to my readers! Happy Easter, Sue.

Z said...

Sue, by the way, I really appreciate your eagerness to see the post! I just added a video because of you...I thought it needed a little more and it's one of my very favorite 'new' praise songs..and perfect for Easter. I hope you enjoy it.

Impertinent said...

"And I don't know what Jewish People think of it either..."

They invented them...so what do you think they think of them?

Cactus Mark said...

I would engorge you to learn more. There is no satisfactory knowledge of G-d. We, apart or a part? Can we understand any of G-d?

"41) Jesus said, "Whoever has something in his hand will receive more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has.""

Note: There is no contextual effort in Thomas. No dark political objective. Gnostic and well worth thought. Your translation is as valid as mine. I would ask you walk with care over the spirituality you seek.

Or not :-)

tha malcontent said...

I just wanted to wish you and your readers
a very Happy Holiday, may it be Easter or Passover, all my best to you all.
And please continue to Keep up the fight.

Z said...

Cactus, thanks

Mal, thanks...same to you!