Category Archives: Holidays

CLASSIC REPRINT: Hidden Meaning in the Passover Haggadah

Reading Lawrence Hoffman’s historical commentary on the Haggadah in My People’s Passover Haggadah is always a joy. My People’s Passover Haggadah (MPPH) has commentary from many angles by different contributors: biblical, theological, midrashic, medieval commentators, modern haggadot, feminist, spirituality, and … Continue reading

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Why is Passover so Christian-ly Popular?

I’m not sure when the practice started, the practice of churches inviting in Jewish-Christian speakers to talk about Passover and the Last Supper of Jesus. I’m guessing that it sort of started with Jews for Jesus in the 70’s. I … Continue reading

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Passover: A “Captivity and Freedom” Seder

As I have said in previous posts, it is good to: (1) cut the haggadah short in some way at your Passover Seders and (2) have multiple Seders during Passover week (or even some Seder-anticipation meals before, but without Passover … Continue reading

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CLASSIC REPRINT: The Purim-Passover Connection

From last year, an article on the little known connections between Passover and Purim. I pray your Purim celebration is filled with joy this weekend. What do hamentaschen and matzos have in common? What accord could there be between Pharaoh … Continue reading

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Maggid: The Story in the Passover Haggadah

If you heard that Passover was a telling of the Exodus story and then opened a Passover haggadah to read what is inside, you’d be surprised by the strange lack of reference to Moses, by the lack of a sustained … Continue reading

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Passover: The Mystery of Maror-Lettuce-Horseradish-Whatever

. . This or this? . . . Ever get confused about the two elements of the Passover Seder plate called maror and chazeret? Ever wonder why some use prepared horseradish as maror and yet the haggadah calls for dipping … Continue reading

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A New Passover Haggadah for Christians

Let me start by answering an objection that will occur to some readers, especially various mainstream Jewish readers who drop by: “Passover isn’t for Christians.” If you’ve heard this or if it comes into you mind, you really should take … Continue reading

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Passover Ideas for 2011

Pre-order time for the Vine of David haggadah is here. See bottom of this article for info. . . . If you’re like me and about forty million other Americans (Jewish and non-Jewish), you love Passover. Sure, you may have … Continue reading

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18 Things to Love About Passover

If you’ve had a boring Passover before, I’m sorry. There’s lots to love. And even if you are not the leader of the Seder, there are plenty of things to do to make the whole Passover season fun and rewarding. … Continue reading

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Passover, Last Supper, Crucifixion: 2011 Notes, Part 1

I know this post will disturb some good people and for good reason. I have the unenviable task of introducing a topic that calls into question many people’s view of the Bible, and specifically the gospels, as a unified, non-contradictory … Continue reading

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What Is In the Passover Haggadah?

Between now and Passover (1st Seder Monday night April 18, 2011) we’ll have plenty of help hear at MJ Musings for your Passover celebration. Articles will include history, commentary, and practical help for having a not-at-all-boring Seder this year. And, … Continue reading

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Where Did the Haggadah Come From?

I run into confusion all the time about Passover. People ask me, “Where is the parsley in the Bible?” Or people ask, “How do Jewish people today slaughter the lamb and do they still put blood on the door?” For … Continue reading

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Passover: Early Preparations

Last year, you said you were going to do it. You probably said the same the year before. This year: do it. Start preparing for Passover early. Why are most Seders inept and boring? It is because people either don’t … Continue reading

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Happy Tu B’Shevat!

It starts at sundown tonight. The Leman family is having its Seder tomorrow before sundown (for various reasons of family schedule). We’ll be using Bloom! by First Fruits of Zion. See it here (you can always have a late Seder … Continue reading

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Coming February through March…

The Passover / Last Supper / Timing of the Crucifixion issue in all its glory will be re-explored on Messianic Jewish Musings. Over the years, the posts about these matters have repeatedly been the favorite and most-searched ones on Messianic … Continue reading

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Just Got Bloom! and Plant!

We’ve been snowed in all week in Atlanta. Mail came today for this first time this week. I was excited to get my Tu B’Shevat haggadahs from First Fruits. I wrote about Bloom! and Plant! here. And it’s not too … Continue reading

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Bloom! Where You Are Planted!

Whether you’re Jewish or Christian (or both), I’d like to plant two ideas in your mind about January 2011. Get it . . . plant. (1) Tu B’Shevat – the new year for trees on the traditional Jewish calendar, Thursday … Continue reading

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Lessons from Hanukkah

The Hanukkah story is powerful from many angles. What are its lessons for modern Jews and Christians? Note that if you order today and ask for one-day shipping, you could probably get FFOZ’s Hanukkah guide to use with your family … Continue reading

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Classic Repost: Hanukkah, MJ Style

The first candles of Hanukkah will be lit on December 1 (a Wednesday night). People are already searching for Hanukkah articles and information. Here is a Messianic Jewish Musings Classic, a telling of the Hanukkah story Messianic Jewish style. Enjoy. … Continue reading

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Sukkot Wrap-Up

Well, I certainly meant to journal more than twice this Sukkot. A period of 48 hours of straight rain and the demands of life together with about 15 other families thwarted my plans. Sometimes vacation can be a lot of … Continue reading

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Sukkot Journal, Day 2

We’re especially alive at night and our Sukkah is as bright as Las Vegas! We’re so busy having fun, we’ve not done as much praying or studying as I would like. And last night, neighbors asked to stop singing songs … Continue reading

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Sukkot Journal, Day 1

Where are you spending Sukkot?

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Prayers and Sukkot: A Quick Survey

There are some wonderful traditions of prayer surrounding Sukkot. The most interesting is the waving of the lulav. To get the full effect, gather a few hundred thousand people in Jerusalem surrounding the Temple. Have them all waving palm branches … Continue reading

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Sukkot in the Bible: A Quick Survey

Sukkot, a.k.a., the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths, is near, starting on Wednesday night, September 22, 2010. If you are a regular Sukkot celebrant, you may be surprised at how much the Bible has to say about this Feast of … Continue reading

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Classic Reprint: Yom Kippur as the Sabbath of Sabbaths

This is an old post re-posted. A few perfect thoughts for the season. Philo lived in the days of the New Testament (20 B.C.E. to 50 C.E.) in the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Alexandria had a huge Jewish population, about … Continue reading

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