Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Passover!

Tonight begins the first Feast of the year - Passover and the Feast of Unleavened. This day is the remembrance of our exodus from Mitzrayim and our liberation from slavery. This is a very important Feast so try to observe it as properly as you can.

The rules of Passover and the Feast can be found in Exodus 12. Basically one must rid his property of everything leavened and all yeast. This would be the simplest definition. Another requirement is to eat only unleavened for 7 days. Please note that I do not say unleavened bread because Torah talks about everything unleavened so we can eat everything that has not been fermented.

This year (2017) the Feast begins tonight (04/10/2017) @ 7:22 PDT. This is 15th - Full Moon. The Feast goes on for 8 days until the evening of 04/18/2017 7:28 PDT. This is 22nd - 3rd Quarter Moon. 

1st day (today) and the 8th day are Shabbats and Holy Meetings, so we do not do work of a slave on these days. Days 2-7 are regular days, so you can do whatever you want.

The Feast begins with Passover sacrifice. Sadly, most people do not do this part of the Passover so what I recommend it to fry some Lamb steaks or chops. Do not forget not to break the bones and do not forget to destroy/throw away in the outside garbage all the meat remains before the sunrise. 

You must eat the meat as fast as possible, you must be fully dressed (including the footwear) and you must hold your staff(i.e cell phone) with 1 hand while you are eating. Here is a very good illustration of Passover seder (you do not have to stand though).

Another interesting aspect of Passover that few people remember about is that Passover night is called The Night of Watchings (ליל שמרים).
YLT Ex 12:42 A night of watchings it is to Jehovah, to bring them out from the land of Egypt; it is this night to Jehovah of watchings to all the sons of Israel to their generations. 
YLT Dt 16:7 and thou hast cooked and eaten in the place on which Jehovah thy God doth fix, and hast turned in the morning, and gone to thy tents;
As you can see from these two verses, we are required to stay at the place where Passover is slaughtered and we must stay there all night. These verse also mean that we should not sleep because the symbolic meaning is that we are waiting for the redemption that can come at any moment. So stay up all night, but in the morning you can go back home and get some sleep.

Also, do not forget that you can't go outside of your house at night and especially you can't go outside your property gates. The only thing that you can come out from the house during Passover night is for burning the remainder of the Passover sacrifice.

These are the rules of the Passover and Feast of the Unleavened. I hope you will have a great Feast!

Please see Passover Section for more information. And here is the calendar that shows all the dates.

And here is the recipe for the Unleavened Bread that you can easily and quickly make at home. This this correct bread recipe according to the Torah and it most certainly beats the dry crackers that traditional mazos is.

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