Category Archives: Passover

J-BOM: JPS Commentary on the Haggadah, Pt. 1

It’s March and on a dozen blogs in the MJ blogosphere, in MJ synagogues all over, and with no doubt participation from others who are not in an MJ synagogue, we are all reading together. It’s the Jewish Book of … Continue reading

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Switching Haggadahs

I have a lot of Passover Haggadahs. I like to buy used ones on ebay and have built a small but respectable collection. I like to have some old ones and some new ones. I like Haggadot with pictures. I … Continue reading

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Seventh Day of Passover: Happy Yom Tov!

And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do … Continue reading

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Who Forgot the Matzah? Passover Humor…

It wasn’t until I drove 40 minutes in Atlanta traffic to the synagogue last night that I realized I remembered the 1,036 other things I had to bring and forgot the one, most important thing . . . matza! We … Continue reading

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Joyous Passover & Some Readings for the Seder

I wish everyone a joyous Seder tonight wherever you are. I hope you are able to recline with four cups of wine and plenty of matza and turkey or brisket or chicken. Even the poorest should feel like kings and … Continue reading

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The Passover Haggadah: Insights from Louis Finkelstein

Louis Finkelstein (1895 – 1991) taught at and eventually became the chancellor of Jewish Theological Seminary, the leading seminary of Conservative Judaism. He was a man of great influence and a shaper of Conservative Judaism in the twentieth century. When … Continue reading

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Passover & Crucifixion: Dissecting Daniel Gregg’s Comment

Daniel Gregg is interested in and has done a lot of research on Biblical chronology. From the sound of it, and from this comment I am about to dissect, I would have to say I find his methodology suspect. I … Continue reading

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A New View for My Book, Feast

The web designers at Lifeway have been working, as I discovered this morning when my blog started getting traffic from one of Lifeway’s sites. In March 2008, Lifeway released my book, Feast, an exploration of six of God’s festivals and … Continue reading

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#1 in The Hebrew Bible Speaks: Liberated to Liberate

Regular readers know that writing is what I love to do. I have published nine books including Feast and The World to Come (available at lifeway.com and amazon.com respectively). My next book, tentatively titled The Hebrew Bible Speaks, I will … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah: Part 5

This is the first new installment in this series since March 17 (sorry). Still, at least 50% of my posts since then have all been about the Haggadah. It’s just that I should finish what I started. In parts 3 … Continue reading

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The Rabbis of the Passover Haggadah

It is a curious fact that many of the stories in the Passover Haggadah are not from ancient Israel and not from the time of Israel’s exodus and wilderness wandering. Many are from the second century and the emerging Judaism … Continue reading

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Passover and Yeshua’s Crucifixion

When I first began seeking sources, people and articles and books, on the Jewish background of Yeshua’s life, I ran into numerous articles and conversations to the effect that Good Friday is a myth. Looking back now, I realize the … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah, Part 4

This is a continuation from Part 3 about understanding the Maggid section of the Haggadah. The Laban the Aramean Section This is one of the most difficult sections of the Haggadah to understand. And the difficulty most readers have interpreting … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah, Part 3

In “Understanding the Passover Haggadah, Part 1,” I explained a few confusing elements of the Haggadah, such as the fact that it is more about Deuteronomy 26:5-10 than the Exodus narrative. This insight alone gets us a long way toward … Continue reading

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Passover and the Last Supper, Part 3

What are we to make of the seeming contradiction between the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and the Fourth Gospel regarding the nature of the Last Supper and the timing of Yeshua’s crucifixion? The synoptics clearly regard the Last Supper … Continue reading

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Passover and the Last Supper, Part 2

Having concluded that the synoptics clearly and without equivocation represent the Last Supper as a Passover Seder, we turn our attention to the Passion narrative in John. If it were not for John’s account there would be no debate and … Continue reading

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Passover and the Last Supper, Part 1

This is the time of year that I think mostly about Passover. I study the Haggadah, its history of development and the meaning of its parts, and prepare to lead a Seder in my home and then one for my … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah: Part 2

If you haven’t already, I recommend you read “Understanding the Passover Haggadah: Part 1.” …………………………………………. So you want to lead a Passover Seder and you get your Haggadah out and it’s all Greek to you (okay, actually Hebrew). It’s long. … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah: Part 1

So, you want to celebrate Passover in a traditional way. You pick up a Haggadah, a Passover manual, and you think it will be simple. Passover is a ritual meal with a few symbolic foods and the story from Exodus, … Continue reading

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Is the Passover a Late Biblical Invention?

No Biblical festival has quite the cultural legacy and rich complexity of Passover. It is a holiday of interest to Jews and Christians and through the Exodus story and the narrative of the Passion of Jesus, Passover has a cultural … Continue reading

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Passover Poems

I enclose here two poems, one by me and another by Primo Levi written in 1982. I will also post a link to the entire message I gave my congregation this morning leading up to Passover. Experience the first Passover … Continue reading

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Preparing for Passover: Part 6

This has been a short series to help you learn a little more about the Haggadah for Passover. Before you decide to just blow through the Haggadah this year, why not learn a little about it? I promised to talk … Continue reading

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Passover: Handwashing?

As Passover gets near, I plan to blog more and more about aspects of the holiday. Be sure and check out various articles under the category Passover (see categories to the right), including a series on Preparing for Passover and … Continue reading

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FEAST Excerpt for Passover: Spiritual and Physical

This is an excerpt from my latest book, FEAST, published by LifeWay. You can see FEAST at LifeWay.com or threadsmedia.com The point of this excerpt is that people too greatly limit spiritual practice by assuming the physical and the spiritual … Continue reading

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Preparing for Passover, Pt. 5

This has been a good series for me. I love Passover. I love the haggadah. In fact, I collect them. I just had a great blessing in Greenville, SC, where I always lead a sort of Passover Seder for a … Continue reading

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