Moses received the Torah at Mount Sinai, but the instructions of his Torah begin in Egypt, not Sinai: Now Adonai spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, “This month will mark the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year for you.” Exodus 12:1… Continue reading Passover of Moses, Passover of Elijah
With the Passover-Easter season drawing near, I’m getting ready for a question I hear almost every year: How can Christian tradition say that Yeshua was crucified on a Friday and rose again Sunday morning, when Yeshua himself said that he would be “three days and three nights in the depths of the earth" (Matt 12:40)?… Continue reading “On the Third Day”
This week culminates in Shabbat HaChodesh, the New Moon of the first month (March 16–17), which means Passover will be only two weeks away, at the full moon of the first month. Now, New Moon might sound like an esoteric topic in our high-tech urban world, but we’ll see that it’s actually most relevant—not just… Continue reading Hope Undying
Last week, just before Passover, Christianity Today posted an article by two prominent rabbis entitled, “Jesus Didn't Eat a Seder Meal: Why Christians shouldn't either.” Despite the combative title, I found myself agreeing with the rabbis, Yehiel Poupko and David Sandmel, on some points, although I disagree with their main presupposition. When the rabbis write… Continue reading Does Yeshua Belong in the Seder?
At our Seders this year, like every year, we'll hear about four sons who ask questions on the meaning of the Passover ritual; the wise son, the contrary son, the simple son, and the son who doesn’t even know how to ask. The contrary, or wicked, son (RASHA in Hebrew) says, “What is the meaning… Continue reading Passover and the Contrary Question
I recently posted some comments on the four sons of the Haggadah, who ask four different kinds of questions, here: Passover Questions. The Haggadah introduces its discusstion of the four sons with, “Blessed is the Omnipresent, blessed is He. Blessed is He who gave the Torah to His people, Israel, blessed is He.” This translation is… Continue reading Makom—the Place
“On that night we were redeemed, and on that night we shall be redeemed.” The Passover Seder is made up of two halves, roughly divided by the festive meal itself. The first part commemorates the redemption from Egypt as we retell the whole story of the departure from Egypt, starting with “Avadim hayinu, we were… Continue reading Resurrection and redemption