Pesach 2014 with Recipes

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Wow… We had one of the best Pesach dinners this year.  It was such a blessing!  We used a Messianic Passover Haggadah and my boys (husband included) not only read the English, but read and sang the Hebrew!  Oh My Goodness!  Really! Those that have been with me during our time with Beth Yeshua, you know I cry every single time I see non-Jewish believers singing the Torah portion and then this. THIS. It was so touching and beautiful!  I am so thankful my entire family is convinced of the Messianic path and that we walk out our faith!

I neglected to take pictures of each individual dish for the recipes, so please forgive me.  I wasn’t thinking about posting the recipes until today.  I’m still learning this blogging thing 🙂

Pesach 2014


Here is my Matzah recipe.

This Charoset recipe was adapted from What Jew Want To Eat

This Brisket recipe was adapted from Food Network

If this is your first Pesach and you are not sure how to have a Seder, see this post with a Passover workshop and the Messianic Haggadah we used.  Be sure to note that each day during the Feast are different readings, you can find those in that post as well.

One final note, we have so much fun hiding the Afikoman.  If you have children, don’t skip this part. My boys look forward to this all year long and ask David to hide matzah for the rest of this Feast.  

I pray your Pesach is a blessing! And remember that it is not so important to do it “right” but to have the desire to honor Abba. So, don’t worry too much about having everything just perfect.

Chag Pesach Semeach!


Passover Daily Torah Readings

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Passover Daily Torah Readings


Judaism 101


Pesach (Passover), Day 1


Exodus 12:21-51


Numbers 28:16-25


Numbers 28:16-25


Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2-6:1; 6:27

Pesach (Passover), Day 2 Leviticus 22:26-23:44 II Kings 23:1-9; 21-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 1 Exodus 13:1-16;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 2 Exodus 22:24-23:19;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 3 Exodus 34:1-26;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 4 Exodus 9:1-14;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover)
Intermediate Shabbat
Exodus 33:12-34:26 Numbers 28:19-25Numbers 28:19-25


Numbers 28:19-25


Numbers 28:19-25

Ezekiel 37:1-37:14
Pesach (Passover), Day 7 Exodus 13:17-15:26 II Samuel 22:1-51
Pesach (Passover), Day 8 (weekday) Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17 Isaiah 10:32-12:6 

Isaiah 10:32-12:6

Pesach (Passover), Day 8 (Shabbat) Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17

If this is your first Passover, you might want to watch the Passover Seder Workshop by Rabbi Greg from Beth Yeshua International.

And download this Messianic Passover Seder Guide.

I pray you have a blessed Pesach and that you grow to love the feasts as much as our family does.

Chag Pesach Sameach!!  Next year in Jerusalem!!



Studying Torah Portion Bo Part Two

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Wow… I’m still studying Torah Portion Bo and now I have to write a Part Two.  There is so much going on here in this portion!!!

Studying Torah Portion Bo Part Two

In this portion we have the command to keep the Pesach (Passover) as a memorial. First I looked up the meaning of Pesach, Gesenius gives a telling definition…

Pesach:  a sparing, immunity from penalty and calamity

I’ll just recount my thoughts as I read through this section.

Exodus 12:1 – 2 YHWH said to Moshe and to Aharon in the land of Egypt, saying: Let this New-Moon be for you the beginning of New-Moons, the beginning-one let it be for you of the New-Moons of the year.

THIS makes sense.  It is spring, the beginning of the Creator’s calendar, when live begins anew and rebirth is seen everywhere in nature. Last week I wrote about the Gregorian Calendar New Year and how Out of Sync I feel with it.  I look forward to the day when our calendars match His calendar (His appointed times, His Holy Appointments).

Exodus 12:3 Speak to the entire community of Israel, saying: On the tenth day after this New-moon they are to take them, each-man, a lamb, according to their Fathers’ House, a lamb per household.
Exodus 12:4 Now if there be too few in the house for a lamb, he is to take (it), he and his neighbor who is near his house, by the computation according to the (total number of) persons; each-man according to what he can eat you are to compute for the lamb.
Exodus 12:5 A wholly-sound male, year-old lamb shall be yours, from the sheep and from the goats are you to take it.
Exodus 12:6 It shall be for you in safekeeping, until the fourteenth day after this New-moon, and they are to slay it-the entire assembly of the community of Israel-between the setting-times.
Exodus 12:7 They are to take some of the blood and put it onto the two posts and onto the lintel, onto the houses in which they eat it.
Exodus 12:8 They are to eat the flesh on that night, roasted in fire, and matzot, with bitter-herbs they are to eat it.
Exodus 12:9 Do not eat any of it raw, or boiled, boiled in water, but rather roasted in fire, its head along with its legs, along with its innards.
Exodus 12:10 You are not to leave any of it until morning; what is left of it until morning, with fire you are to burn.
Exodus 12:11 And thus you are to eat it: your hips girded, your sandals on your feet, your sticks in your hand; you are to eat it in trepidation- it is a Passover-meal to YHVH.

Exodus 12:12 I will proceed through the land of Egypt on this night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from man to beast, and on all the gods of Egypt I will render judgment, I, YHVH.
Exodus 12:13 Now the blood will be a sign for you upon the houses where you are: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, the blow will not become a bringer-of-ruin to you, when I strike down the land of Egypt.

Passover Blood on DoorThis one may be hard to reconcile… but a dear friend of mine helped me walk through this section, so I’m going to present it and maybe you can study it out. What was the blood on the door for?  Remission of their sins?  NO!  Blood on the door was for protection of the first born. How did you get this protection?  Obedience… by slaughtering the lamb and putting the blood on the door posts. Study this one out.  So much more there!

Exodus 12:14 This day shall be for you a memorial, you are to celebrate it as a pilgrimage-celebration for YHVH, throughout your generations, as a law for the ages you are to celebrate it!

What is a pilgrimage feast?  These are feasts that are commanded for all the males to travel to Jerusalem to worship Abba.

Exodus 23:14 Three times you are to hold pilgrimage for me, every year.
Exodus 23:15 The Pilgrimage-Festival of matzot you are to keep: for seven days you are to eat matzot, as I commanded you, at the appointed-time of the New-moon of Ripe-grain- for in it you went out of Egypt, and no one is to be seen before my presence empty-handed;
Exodus 23:16 and the Pilgrimage-festival of the Cutting, of the firstlings of your labor, of what you sow in the field; and the Pilgrimage-festival of Ingathering, at the going-out of the year, when you gather in your labor’s (harvest) from the field.
Exodus 23:17 At three points in the year are all your males to be seen before the presence of the Lord, YHVH.

We are told that these same feasts will continue in the New Jerusalem (His Kingdom) and we are told if we DON’T go, we will experience drought!  And notice it is even for the nations that came against Israel… so you know it applies to us if it applies to them!

Zec 14:16 And it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17 And it shall be, whosoever will not come up of all the families of the earth to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there shall be no rain upon them.

Now, let’s return to Exodus 12:14 for a moment.

Exodus 12:14 This day shall be for you a memorial, you are to celebrate it as a pilgrimage-celebration for YHVH, throughout your generations, as a law for the ages you are to celebrate it!

We need to look up “law”.

statute, ordinance, limit, enactment, something prescribed

This is not a suggestion, but a law.  Why are we no longer keeping Abba’s feasts?  These are not “Jewish” feasts, they are Abba’s feasts.  He commanded these and they are continuing in the New Jerusalem, His Kingdom.  So why do we think they don’t apply to believers today?  Look at where this specific word “law” is used throughout scripture. Especially study Psalms.

And if you question if this applies to us because we are not Jewish… read this

Exodus 12:19 For seven days, no leaven is to be found in your houses, for whoever eats what ferments, that person shall be cut off from the community of Israel, whether sojourner or native of the land.

What is a sojourner?

Brown Driver Briggs’ Definition for sojourner:

1a) a temporary inhabitant, a newcomer lacking inherited rights
1b) of foreigners in Israel, though conceded rights

So this law applied to both the natives of the land (Israelites) and to foreigners.  But not only that…. We are grafted into Israel and no longer foreigners… so that means that even if it didn’t apply to foreigners, it still would apply to us because we are no longer considered foreigners.

Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

I personally love the Complete Jewish Bible, so I am going to post that translation below:

11 Therefore, remember your former state: you Gentiles by birth – called the Uncircumcised by those who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised – 12 at that time had no Messiah. You were estranged from the national life of Isra’el.You were foreigners to the covenants embodying God’s promise. You were in this world without hope and without God. 13But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s blood. 14 For he himself is our shalom – he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us 15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom, 16 and in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity. 17 Also, when he came, he announced as Good News shalom to you far off and shalom to those nearby, b 18 news that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family.

So, in my opinion, if you are going to claim your place as part of His family, you also have to recognize this part of who we are now too.  We are grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. Another word we need to look up from Ephesians 2:12.

Thayers’ Definition of commonwealthlaw books
1) the administration of civil affairs
2) a state or commonwealth
3) citizenship, the rights of a citizen

See, we are now part of HIS Kingdom and as a citizen of His Kingdom we now have His laws and rules to live by.  Just like if you are an American citizen you have laws to live by here in America.

I have written this to show you another reason why we are Messianic.  These are my words…. however, you should not take my word for it (or anyone’s for that matter)… read it for yourself.  Leave your doctrine at the door and pray for God to reveal His heart to you via the Holy Spirit as you study His Word. I hope you will study this out and that it will be a blessing for you and your family!

If you are enjoying this series, here is part three.

Shalom, Shalom!



Pentecost / Shavuot Study

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Shavuot-Pentecost-Giving-Law-Giving-SpiritMany of my Christian friends are hearing about today being Pentecost… but many do not know why all these men were gathered in Jerusalem to begin with. They were there for Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks or the Feast of Harvest as it is sometimes called). It occurs seven weeks after a specific event (Deut. 16:10). Greek speaking Jews and many non-Jewish Christians call this day “Pentecost” (meaning ‘fiftieth’ because it occurs fifty days after the given day) (Lev. 23:16).

Shavu’ot is said to be the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. Based on Ex.19: 1-2 “On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone forth from Egypt, on that very day…”. Shavuot became the anniversary of the covenant, and associated with the Exodus and the Sinai event of the giving of the instructions (Torah) to Moses.

It is also when the Holy Spirit (Ruach) was given in Acts.  Shavu’ot is designed as a time of thanksgiving for the early harvest. God’s faithfulness in providing the early wheat harvest increases hopefulness for an abundant fall harvest (Sukkot). Giving thanks for present provision leads to faith for future addition.  It is the climax of God’s plan to provide redemption.

Shavuot draws a line of connection between Exodus 19 and Acts chapter 2. The festival superimposes the giving of the Spirit in Jerusalem over the giving of the Torah at Sinai. The two events are forever inseparably linked. This link creates a profound  implication for believers. The Torah and Holy Spirit are substantially of the same essence.


Jeremiah the prophet foresaw this when God declared through him, “Behold, I will make a New Covenant . . . I will put My Torah within them and on their heart I will write it, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33) Ezekiel the prophet foresaw this when God declared through him, “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” (Ezekiel 36:27)

According to these prophets, the Holy Spirit was given in order to place the Torah within the believer’s heart. If that is true, then the Spirit within us and the Torah of God must agree. Both are from the same God, and God is One. The Spirit and the Torah must agree.  The Holy Spirit is within us in order to enable us to walk in the statutes and observe the ordinances. The Spirit and the Torah are not, God forbid, opposed to each other. Instead, as Paul says in Galatians, “Opposed to the fruit of the Spirit there is no Torah.” (Galatians 5:23). The Holy Spirit is the same essence as the Torah: the full expression of God, dwelling within, so that He might be our God, and we might be His people. That was the stated purpose of the first Pentecost at Mount Sinai. It was the purpose of the Shavuot of Acts chapter 2, and it is the purpose for which we have been recreated. []

It is one of the three feasts that believers were required to travel to Jerusalem for:

Exo 23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto Me in the year.
Exo 23:15 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep; seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, at the time appointed in the month Abib – for in it thou camest out from Egypt; and none shall appear before Me empty;
Exo 23:16 and the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labours, which thou sowest in the field; and the feast of ingathering, at the end of the year, when thou gatherest in thy labours out of the field.
Exo 23:17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

It was still being kept by the Disciples because it was commanded. Note, this was long after Jesus had ascended.

Act 20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might lose no time in Asia, for he was hurrying to be at Yerushalayim, if possible, on the Day of the Festival of Weeks.
1Co 16:8 And I shall remain in Ephesos until the Festival of Weeks.

Why Keep the Biblical Sabbath?

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Rabbi Greg Hershberg at Beth Yeshua International did a great teaching on 4.13.13 regarding why we should keep the Biblical Sabbath.  The video is posted below:

In this teaching on 4.13.13, he referenced a teaching he did in February of 2012. You can find the link to that video below:

Messianic Judaism 101: The Joy of Shabbat – 2/18/2012 from Beth Yeshua International on Vimeo.

I pray these are a blessing to you and yours!

Until next time…. Shalom!

Pesach / Passover Crock Pot Brisket

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We have cooked this recipe several times and we all love it…. And I especially love how easy it is to cook 🙂   We will be having this after our Passover Seder.  This is from Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook.  I’ll post my pictures after Pesach!



Goodtime Beef Brisket, Page 99

  • 3.5 – 4 lb Brisket
  • 1 can of beer (can’t use beer!!  Here is a substitution chart)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp prepared mustard
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 small bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

1.  Place brisket in slow cooker

2.  Combine ingredients and pour over meat.

3.  Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.  Be sure to baste constantly to keep moist.

4.  Remove meat from sauce.  Slice very thin.


That’s it!  I’ll post a picture from the web until I get mine uploaded.

Chag Sameach!  Shalom!