Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Passover !!!

Tonight begins the holiest holy day (and the holiday) of the Hebrew nation - The Passover. As you well know it commemorates the Hebrew exodus to freedom from the land of Egypt after ten severe plagues. This holiday is also a part of the Ten Commandments (see this post). 

In the spirit of this holy day, let's re-read the way the Passover is observed in the first month of each new year (Exodus 12:1-11):
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 
Here, description moves on to the proper way to prepare the lamb:
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.  
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
Similarly to what is shown in this video of the Samaritan Passover ceremony: 

Next, the description tells us the proper way to eat the prepared meat (VERY IMPORTANT), similar to what is depicted on these two drawings below:
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover.


Also, in Exodus 12:46, an important note is made about not breaking the bones of the Passover lamb.

Have a Happy Passover !!!

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