§329 Happy Pesach!April 10, 2009
After finishing writing this blog post I found it appropriate to divide it into parts. Happy holidays!
Part one – what annoys me
First of all a Happy Pesach to all my Jewish friends and Happy Easter to my Christian friends. I have to admit that I’m still being annoyed by my Christian friends’ Easter celebrating blog posts and twitters and Facebook statuses, and the first thought through my mind is always “I should write to them and point out how wrong they are and that the REAL holiday that Jesus celebrated was not Easter but Passover!!!”. But then I stop myself. If they were interested in finding the truth they’d look for it. It’s all over the internet. I will instead wish them Happy Easter and hope for a better future. At least most of them are celebrating the Risen Lord and not eggs and bunnies.
Strangely I am much less annoyed by my Jewish friends’ Passover blog posts / twitters / facebook statuses. Even though they are the ones celebrating the real holiday, having all the symbols of the Messiah Yeshua right there in front of them, and still they do not notice. Maybe because I know them well enough not to expect them to search for the Truth. The church has persecuted them so much in the past, I can’t blaming them for putting a “forbidden” sign on everything that has to do with Yeshua. Sad indeed when people blame electricity for what evil electricians have done. But I can’t really blame them.
The Christians on the other hand – how can they not se it? It’s right there in the Bible. Just look at it! *sigh* Oh, well…
Another thing annoying me are the jewish and Israeli blog posts / twitters / facebook statuses about how they intend to stuff their pockets with chametz, and how they hate this holiday because there is no bread anywhere. If you hate the jewish holidays, why do you live in the tiny few square miles that are the only jewish state in the world? You have gazillions of spare wasteland all over the world where you can get bread whenever you want. Enough people like you and we can exchange the Star of David in our flag with a question mark.
Part two – our Holiday
Hm… this turned into a post about things that annoy me. And it was supposed to be a holiday and happy post. Let me start over.
Happy holidays to everyone!
We’ve had a great Seder night with 2 Danish, 1 Faroese and 2 Swedish guests (I know, it sounds like the beginning of a joke…) My 3-year old daughter made us proud by singing Ma Nishtana in front of all people she didn’t know. I had the stage for most of the eve and used the same Messianic Haggadah in Swedish that I finished develop 2 years ago after a process of a few years. Talks and discussions about the exodus lasted for a long time. Well, we were in bed by midnight. We are no Rabbi Akivas. I couldn’t resist making that joke from the Facebook Hagadah (link in an earlier blog post) when Pharao tells the rabbis to stop keeping score… too funny.
The day after the Passover day itself it was Friday (today). The Shabbat of Pesach. My wife had cooked too much for our guests, so we had a Friday off. No need to cook for this Shabbat. Wonderful! I took the two big kids out (3 and 4 years old) for a walk around the neighborhood (we ended up playing in 3 different playgrounds) in the morning when the baby took her morning nap. Tomorrow is Shabbat, and my sister and husband who are on a quick visit to Israel will drop by. I’ve missed her! Well, him too. But mostly her.
Part three – the few coming days
Saturday evening it’s back to business. I’m a bit behind with studies and the Pesach vacation hasn’t helped. Then on Sunday back to work (I know it’s Easter Day, I don’t really care. If Jesus didn’t celebrate it why should I?) I’ve been off from Wednesday morning so I have a lot of catching up to do. And it’s only two days in office because on Tuesday it’s holiday eve of second Pesach. Wednesday evening when that holiday is over, we can eat bread again. Thursday back in office for one day before the weekend starts again. Ah, holiday times.
And of course, all the questions I sent to our head office in the UK a few weeks ago were answered right during Passover. With a comment that “We’re on Easter break a few weeks from now, so if there are any questions about this, the answers will take time”. We’ll see about that on Sunday.
Part four – my beard and the Omer days
My beard is growing back. during these following 40 Omer days when we count with anticipation from the Exodus till Shavuot when we got the Torah – or when we count with anticipation from the Death of the Messiah on the Cross until he sent us the Holy Spirit on Shavuot – I do not shave. The reasons of that custom is from the days of Rabbi Akiva. With all respect to Akiva and the plague that smote his disciples during the Omer days, I grow my beard for other reasons. These times are times of mourning because we have a) left Egypt with no guidance. Where is the Torah to guide us? and b) seen the Lord risen but have no idea what to do next. Where’s the Holy Spirit to guide us? This is why I keep it growing, not till Lag baOmer but all the way till Shavuot. This year I will make the decision by then if I want to keep the beard or shave it off again. Right now I think I’ll keep it.