Tag: Passover

Why Was the First Passover Different From All Other Passovers?

                                                               Why Was the First Passover Different                                     […]

Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder

                                            Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder   I spoke in the past about the ancient Jews believing in demons, the power of sympathetic magic (doing something on earth that causes heaven […]

Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder

                                               Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder   We saw in the prior articles that the belief in demons, the power of sympathetic magic to conjure the appearance of the messiah, the use of an intercessor to obtain God’s attention, and the belief in the effectiveness of magic numbers to help accomplish […]

The odd practice of starting a holiday a half a day early

                                     The odd practice of starting a holiday a half a day early   The Bible requires the Israelites to observe Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, currently called Nissan, by sacrificing a lamb, called the Pascal Lamb, and eating it together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. This biblical holiday […]

The Strange Biblical Mandate to Count Weeks

  This article appeared in my book “Mysteries of Judaism” where I point out that all the biblical holidays were changed radically by the early Israelites, Pharisees, and later rabbis. The following practice is an example of such a change.  I am repeating it here because the practice will begin this week on the second […]

The mystery of the first Passover

The following article appeared in my book “Mysteries of Judaism” where I showed that all the biblical holidays, without exception, were changes by the early Israelites, Pharisees, and later rabbis. I repeat it here because the holiday of Passover occurs this week.   Why Was The First Passover Different From All Other Passovers? The Israelites’ […]

Passover ceased to exist

The following article is from my recent book “Mysteries of Judaism” where I showed that every biblical holiday is not observed today as mandated in the Bible.                                             Passover: A dead holiday passed on its name Unlike Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the holiday of Passover did not continue to exist in a radically modified […]

When is Passover?

                                                                           When is Passover?   The question “When is Passover?” seems as simple as the humorous question, “Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?” Everyone with the slightest bit of Jewish education would answer that it begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan and ends seven days later in Israel or eight […]

Why Was The First Passover Different From All Other Passovers?

                              Why Was The First Passover Different From All Other Passovers?   The Israelites’ first Passover, celebrated in Egypt just prior to the exodus and described in Exodus 12:1–11, was radically different from the biblically mandated holiday observed after the exodus. Exodus 12, which describes the Egyptian ceremony, raises many questions. (1) Why does the […]

An unusual haggada

By Israel Drazin     The Bird’s Head Haggada By K. Mosele and L. Birkinshaw The Israel Museum and Koren Publishers, 2012, 66 pages ISBN 978-965-301-1045   This very clever, instructive, and colorful pop-up edition of the Passover Haggada is adapted from one of the oldest illustrated Haggadot in the world, published in Germany around […]

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