Celebrating Passover, 2013

Miryam, the sister of Moses

“For He [Yeshua] is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall … that in Himself He made the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.”  (Eph. 2:14,15). Jewish people do not convert to Christianity, they make whole their Jewish faith when they accept Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Jewish Messiah) as their Lord and Savior. From website of Temple Aviv Judea

Tim, Jerry, and I have been to a couple of Messianic Jewish services at TAJ in Orange, California. They are times of joyful reverence.

On Passover we participated in their seder (the feast commemorating the exodus of the Jews from Egypt) in the ballroom of a country club, under the exuberant guidance of Rabbi Corey Sylvester (also our optometrist when we were with Kaiser), who led in song, dance, and understanding the symbolism of physical and spiritual deliverance woven into every part of the celebration.

It was supposed to last four hours but it lasted five as the 15 parts of the service were interspersed with the blowing of  rams’ horns, frequent group dances in which anyone could join, the introduction of a man who survived the Holocaust and of a Palestinian woman who has had death threats from her own people, including her family, for feeling love for the Jews.

There was even an interview with Pharaoh, who explained he thought the plagues must be over. Moses had hinted that there would be a “flyover” involving something about the “firstborn,” which Pharaoh took to mean a demonstration of the First Airborne of the Israeli Air Force. He said he knew they would put on an excellent show and he was looking forward to it.

Since my pictures with my new Smart phone were poopy, photographer Kevin Brown kindly sent me his:

Slideshow: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=102206359446827034081&target=ALBUM&id=5861322048065799313&authkey=Gv1sRgCM-x2cSxqY_4IQ&feat=email

Video of one of the dances: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=102206359446827034081&target=ALBUM&id=5861330308376901393&authkey=Gv1sRgCPHo_cyvy7SIFA&feat=email

Video of  Rabbi Corey

Corey’s wife Hilary designs oil-on-glass images of women in the Hebrew Scriptures. The one at the top of this post is my favorite. It can represent both Moses’ sister Miriam and Mary, the mother of the Lamb of God. Hilary’s website is Baruch Designs.



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One Response to Celebrating Passover, 2013

  1. This being my 35th Passover Seder with Temple Aviv Judea, I can say honestly this was my favorite. For those who never been to a Passover Seder, it was an education. The Jewish people are commanded to partake of His feasts, but it is highly recommended to those who love the God of Israel…and the Jewish Messiah, to do so also. Leviticus 23 comes most alive with Passover. The symbolism is so rich and Yeshua the Messiah is painted on ‘glass’ before our eyes. There is not one Feast that does not show us His holiness, His purpose, and the future in the Messianic Era.
    I see Jessica that not only your ‘physical’ eyes are in excellent shape, but your ‘spiritual’ eyes are also.

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