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May 15, 2022 – Celebrate Pentecost!

The Holy Spirit was poured out on Jesus’ disciples on the Feast of Pentecost, celebrated on the 50th day after Passover. According to Jewish tradition, this was also the day God gave the Ten Commandments to his people. Mount Sinai … Continue reading

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April 2, 2022 – Celebrate Passover!

We celebrate Passover this year on Saturday, April 2,  by first sweeping away any spiritual leaven from our lives, and then reading through the Haggadah and to experience the seder meal with an explanation of the Passover elements, and how … Continue reading

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March 27, 2022 – Exodus 7:14-12:36 – Preparing for Passover: The Plagues

The Ten Plagues in Exodus 7:14-12:36 were each directed at “disenchanting” the gods that the Egyptians worshipped. They would also help get Israel ready to leave Egypt. But the plagues are also described as being on Pharaoh’s “heart.”  So they … Continue reading

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March 20, 2022 – Exodus 12:14-15 – Preparing for Passover: The Search for Leaven

The Jews were commanded to rid their homes of anything leavened before Passover, and eat only unleavened bread during Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus expounded on the meaning of this symbol: “…beware of the leaven of the … Continue reading

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March 5, 2022 – Celebrate Purim!

Observed a month before Passover, the focus of Purim is simply reading the Book of Esther. This feast is probably the original “morality play” with audience participation. A mysterious part of the Purim feast is the rabbinical command to drink … Continue reading

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December 19, 2021 – Celebrate Hanukkah!

The eight-day feast of Hanukkah, a festival of lights, occurs in the darkest time of year. It commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. after it was cleansed by Judas Maccabeus when the Jews prevailed against the Seleucid … Continue reading

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October 3, 2021 – Getting Ready for Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles is a festival of light and joy. The spiritual meaning of the feast is expressed in a number of types – the booth, the ethrog and lulav, the lighting of the lamps, the water-and-wine-pouring ceremony, wearing … Continue reading

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