Samaritan Passover offering on stake

Samaritan Passover offers a picture of Yeshua crucified

Paul tell us that Yeshua is our Passover lamb sacrificed for us. Even when doing the modern, Rabbinical Jewish seder, one sees Messiah all over it. But in the Samaritan Passover we get the closest to seeing what an observant Jew would have practiced and seen through the Temple periods. When Paul says Jesus is our Passover, when John the Baptist introduces his cousin as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”, this is what they were visualizing.

Full moon over Old City Jerusalem

‘Super moon’ over Jerusalem

This weekend, the moon was the closest to the earth during it’s fullest phase, giving us a “super moon.” While in North America the full moon was Saturday night, in Jerusalem it was at its fullest on Sunday night. Next time I’ve got to get higher so I can get the moon lower on the horizon to increase the “super” effect. But here is the full moon rising over the Old City walls.

Watching Gilad from Amsterdam

I left Israel this morning. It was bittersweet, but more so than usual. I left to spend time with my friends in Wales, knowing I’d miss the last day of the Feast of Sukkot. Well, I didn’t realize I’d miss the procession of the nations: when Christians from around the world walk through Jerusalem prophetically enacting Zechariah 14. And I had no idea that I would miss the freeing and homecoming of Gilad Schalit. Gilad, […]

Yom Kippur: Taking the streets

This year the Day of Atonement fell on shabbat. So businesses closed in the early afternoon, as usual. The buses stopped running. I had a worship watch at Succat Hallel at 8 p.m. I left my apartment at 7 expecting the the streets to be empty, like most shabbats. Instead, I found the streets alive with children on bikes, scooters, skates. Parents with smaller children pushed strollers. Others sat at bus stop benches chatting. Children […]