19 03, 2021

A dead holiday called Passover passed on its name

By |2021-03-19T06:00:23-07:00March 19th, 2021|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

The biblical holiday Passover ceased to exist when the temple was destroyed in 70 CE. It disappeared entirely and Chag Hamatzot’s name was changed to Passover.   The biblical Passover The biblical holiday Passover occurred on the fourteenth day of the first month, later called Nisan. It had only one ceremony. The Israelites were required [...]

29 03, 2020

Demons and magic in the Passover Seder

By |2020-03-29T07:23:54-07:00March 29th, 2020|Thoughts|

There is probably no more meaningful and enjoyable service than the Passover Seder. The word “Seder” means “order.” The Seder service is arranged and celebrated in the Jewish home by the family to teach its participants about the message of the holiday: to recall the exodus from Egyptian slavery, and recognize the need for freedom [...]

22 11, 2015

Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder

By |2015-11-22T07:44:16-07:00November 22nd, 2015|Thoughts|

                                               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 [...]

2 04, 2015

The mystery of the first Passover

By |2015-04-02T12:16:56-07:00April 2nd, 2015|Thoughts|

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’ [...]

28 03, 2015

Passover ceased to exist

By |2015-03-28T22:59:34-07:00March 28th, 2015|Thoughts|

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 [...]

18 04, 2011

Original ideas about Passover

By |2011-04-18T03:15:49-07:00April 18th, 2011|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  The Origin of the Seder The Passover Rite and early Rabbinic Judaism By Baruch M. Bokser Jewish Theological Seminary Press, 2002, 188 pages This reprint of the 1984 classic by Professor Bokser explains the origin of the Passover Seder meal ritual. He notes that the Pascal sacrifice was an important part of Jewish ritual [...]