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23 April, 201023 April, 2010 1 comments Aaron Hecht Aaron Hecht

Most of you have probably never heard of Lag Ba'Omer.

It is not a Biblical festival, but a traditional Jewish one, and there is even disagreement about what it commemorates. As usual, if you want to know more, that's what wikipedia is for.

For now it's enough to know that the most prominent feature of Lag Ba'Omer is the bonfires people light the evening of the holiday and many people, especially kids, stay up all night with these bonfires. In addition to the fact that it's not Biblical, there's a lot about this holiday which is not kosher, and even most Jews outside of Israel don't celebrate it. Needless to say most Christians in Israel or out, don't celebrate it either.

But I think there's a way that we can use this occasion for something positive, and here's how.

In Acts 19:19 we read about an event which occurred in the Greek city of Ephesus;

"Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver."

This passage refers to new Believers who had formally practiced some form of witchcraft or divination. They had scrolls of, for lack of a better term, "spells" which they used to contact the spirits of dead people, etc. They usually did this on behalf of bereaved parents who wanted to have one last chat with their son who was killed in a war, or whatever. They were also paid by sold

Palm Sunday is probably one of my most favorite parts of this holy season. My love for it  is  not because of the ritualistic and traditional side of "Easter", but because of the universal multitudes that are prophesied to truly be servants and worshippers of our king. Prophecy says that they will wave their palms in joyous acclamation of the revelation of Christ's kingship:

Revelation 7: 9 - 10: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10. And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Easter is the most important religious holiday for the traditional Christian church. It commemorates the death and glorious resurrection of Yeshua as the basis for the salvation of mankind. But as powerful as this understood meaning and significance is, there was a strong Pagan influence that gave birth to the unusual name of "Easter" and even several of the traditions that are celebrated by many Christians in ignorance.

The English and German names, "Easter" and "Ostern" have been derived from the ancient name for the month of April "Eostremonant" and "Ostaramanoth" respectively. According to the 8th Century Christian monk and respected historian Bede, this month was dedicated t

29 March, 201029 March, 2010 0 comments Aaron Hecht Aaron Hecht


The first commandment God ever gave to the Israelites is found in Exodus 12, where He commands them to make a calender and use it to remember important events in the History of His Plan for them (which was really His plan for the salvation and redemption of the entire Human Race.)

With that in mind, let us remember that yesterday was Palm Sunday and this evening is Pesach (Passover).

Palm Sunday is not a Biblicaly ordained Feast but it commemorates a Biblical event, the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as recorded in Luke 19: 28-40. So I think it's good to honor God and edify ourselves by remembering these days, as long as our focus is on the REASON we're marking them and we're learning the spiritual lesson that these events speak about.

Of course, as we know, Jesus was entering Jerusalem for the specific reason that it was the Passover season and He was coming here to eat the Seder with His disciples. So it's also a good thing for Believers to mark Passover, because there are many things in the Passover story that point DIRECTLY to Jesus and His sacrifice for us on the cross.

Here's a link which explains this topic;


Both Palm Sunday and Pessach are the start of an entire week of remembering and medit

19 March, 201019 March, 2010 26 comments Shofarhorn Shofarhorn

Should Christians celebrate Passover or should they celebrate Easter?  The answer may seem quite obvious to some of you, but in reality this question has become quite a controversy in the Christian community over the past several years.  As Christians have learned more about the history of each holiday, an increasing number of Christians have been choosing to celebrate Passover rather than Easter.

But why would that be? After all, isn't Passover a "Jewish" holiday and Easter a "Christian" holiday? Well, that is not really the case. In fact, the earliest Christians did not celebrate a holiday called "Easter" at all. Rather, they all celebrated Passover. Even after the original generation of apostles died off, many of the early church leaders still continued to observe Passover as described in the Torah, but other early church leaders of that next generation slowly started to move the celebration of Passover to Sunday.


In a letter to the head of the church of Rome, Irenaeus mentioned the controversy that took place when Polycarp tried to persuade Anicetus (a previous bishop of Rome) that the celebratio

25 January, 201025 January, 2010 0 comments Adventures with Mr. Hobbs Adventures with Mr. Hobbs

It's 4:30 in the morning and I'm sitting on the curb in front of my house, dressed in hiking boots, hiking pants and a long-sleeve thermal shirt. In my bag is a t-shirt, hat and sunscreen. I'm still not quite sure how I got talked into accompanying my friend Yehoshua on this trip to the Dead Sea. I'm still trying to figure it out when he pulls up beside me and I get into his car. He offers me coffee, which happens to be in a thermos in the trunk. So no coffee.


Descending the road to Jericho, we leave the lights of Jerusalem behind

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