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Passover 2012
Fast of the First Born

Passover meal this year 2012 should be celebrated on this coming 6th day of the week on the evening of the secular calendar April 6th.

Remember that the Apostle Paul commanded us to keep the Passover AFTER the Cross.

"Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth. "
1 Cor 5:7,8

Paul set an excellent example for all future generations of the new testament era church which was at that time constituted of both Gentile and Jewish believers alike.

"And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days." Acts 20:6

"At Philippi Paul tarried to keep the Passover. Only Luke remained with him, the other members of the company passing on to Troas to await him there. The Philippians were the most loving and truehearted of the apostle's converts, and during the eight days of the feast he enjoyed peaceful and happy communion with them." {AA 390.4}

Passover meal should always be preceded by the foot washing service AKA the ordinance of humility instituted by our King and Savior Yahushua the Messiah.

John 13:5 "After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe [them] with the towel wherewith he was girded."
First born males might consider doing a fast on the 14th of Aviv AKA Nissan prior to the Passover meal. Note that the fast of the first born is not a commandment but a tradition with weighty contemplative value and introspection.
Other customs and instructions for Passover celebration to be considered are listed below.

Memory verse of the week.

Exodus 20:11"For [in] six days Yahuwah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day:  wherefore Yahuwah blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."

Notice that nothing was created previous to the six days of creation. Another devestating blow to the lunar regulated weekly cycle deception.  

Today in Jewish History Open All
Maimonides Born (1135)    Less

Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader, known in the Jewish world by the acronym "Rambam" and to the world at large as "Maimonides", was born in Cordova, Spain, on the 14th of Nissan of the year 4895 from creation--1135 of the Common Era [more...]

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Fast of the Firstborn    Less

Firstborn males over the age of Bar Mitzvah (13) are obligated to fast on the 14th of Nissan, in recognition of the fact that during the "Plague of the Firstborn" (which occurred at midnight of Nissan 15) G-d "passed over" the Jewish firstborn when He killed all firstborn Egyptians. If there is a firstborn male in the family under 13, the obligation to fast rests with the father. The prevailing custom, however, is for the firstborn to exempt themselves from the obligation to fast by participating in a seudat mitzvah (a meal marking the fulfillment of a mitzvah), such as a siyyum--a festive meal celebrating the conclusion of the study of a section of Torah).

Chametz Eating Deadline    Less

The Torah (Exodus 12:15, as per Talmud, Pesachim 5a) sets midday of Nissan 14--today--as the deadline for the destruction and/or removal of all leavened foods ("chametz") from our possession in preparation for the festival of Passover, which begins this evening at nightfall. In practice, Torah law mandates that we desist fromeating chametz two hours before midday, and that no leaven remain in our possession an hour before midday. These are not clock hours but "proportional hours", defined by Jewish law as a 12th part of the time between sunrise and sunset.

Click here for the chametz eating deadline for your location.

From this point until the end of the festival of Passover, it is forbidden to eat leaven, or anything containing even the slightest trace of leaven.

Links: What is ChametzA Speck of FlourThe Escape Hatch

Burn and Nullify Chametz    Less

Chametz is disposed of by: a) selling it to a non-Jew; b) burning the chametz found in our search on the previous evening (see entry for Nissan 13); c) "nullifying" the chametz that has not been found by declaring it ownerless.

The deadline for selling, burning and nullifying chametz is one "proportional hour" before midday.Click here for the precise time for your location. From this point until the end of the festival of Passover, it is forbidden to eat leaven, derive benefit from it in any way, own it or have it in one's possession.

See the Getting-Rid-of-Chametz Wizard for more detailed instructions.

Links: More about Leaven

Passover Offering    Less

"Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: " 1 Cor 5:7
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, [which is] your reasonable service." Romans 12:1

When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, the Passover offering was brought there on the afternoon of Nissan 14. Today it is commemorated by our recitation of the "Order of the Passover Offering" this afternoon, by the "shankbone" placed on the seder plate this evening, and the afikoman -- a portion of matzah eaten in its stead at the end of the seder meal.

Links: About the Passover offering

Passover Seder Tonight    Less

The 8-day festival of Passover--also called "The Festival of Matzahs" and "The Time of Our Freedom"--begins tonight at nightfall.

In the evening, we conduct a seder ("order") -- a 15-part ritualistic feast that encompasses the observances of the Passover festival: telling our children the story of the Exodus as described and expounded in the Haggadah; eating the matzah (unleavened bread), the bitter herbs dipped in charoset, and the afikoman (an additional portion of matzah eaten as "dessert" in commemoration of the Passover offering); drinking the four cups of wine; and numerous other symbolic foods and rituals commemorating both our slavery in Egypt and our liberation on this night.

Links: includes a Seder guide, text of the Haggadah, in-depth studies, and more
The Seder Wizard is a step-by-step guide to conducting the Seder

Heavenly Father, 
I have been in a far country for such a long time, I haven’t kept the Passover in remembrance of you, the Lamb who died for me. 
Help me to find my way back to the faith of my Fathers.  Set up road signs and put up guideposts and set my feet on the highway that will take me back to my Father’s house. 
Shut me in with you when the time comes.  Passover me and my household.
Push me from darkness into light.  Deliver me, my family and friends into the Promised Land.  


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