The guys are at it again...and KILLED IT! Relevant (with the upcoming film release of Disney's "Lion King" remake), Six13 has a knack for aligning themselves just right with the current wave of interest in all things cultural. Well done, guys! Especially when you allude to the movie scenes and parody "Hakuna Matata." Gals, check it out and add it to this year's Passover playlist:
Wowsers was this fun tonight!
Obviously, we didn't wait until Passover to get on this yummy seder, because, well....LOOK AT THAT PLATE! A few weeks ago I had registered to attend a chocolate seder event hosted by PJ Library of South Palm Beach County. I was SO looking forward to the event and how our seder plate would be dazzled with chocolate!
But what happened, as is the Murphy's Law of Motherhood? Not one, but all FIVE of my children got sick and we couldn't go. Total bummer.
However, don't forget who we serve and He certainly loves me enough to not have me miss all the fun. Thankfully, a dear friend of mine attended the seder, took pictures of everything that took place, including the Chocolate Haggadah. Score!
She sent it to me earlier this afternoon. Guess when I hosted our mini chocolate seder? You guessed it...right after dinner. LOL. Anyone who knows me personally would fully understand this.
I had a blast finding items for the plate. Our plate looked a tad bit different than the haggadah outlined, only due to a lack of tootsie rolls in our area. We went to several stores, and apparently in our new town, they don't have the same affinity for them as our own family does as well as PJ Library! But we adjusted, and pictured above you can see all the goodies we had: Twizzler Peelz and Nerd Rope (For the taskmaster's whips instead of the Tootsie Roll Shankbone), a Cadbury Creme Egg (omit if you don't want to do it of course), Lindt's 90% Cocoa bar (the looks on my family's face confirmed it's bitterness...could've been horseradish from what I witnessed!), a chocolate covered strawberry, Andes Candy, a Brownie Brittle (both Organic and NON-GMO...like it matters lol), and chocolate syrup.
I'd totally add some milk and do chocolate milk. For those of us in the house who don't eat sugar, we had plenty of sweet alternatives that we incorporated instead. Have fun with it...it's CHOCOLATE OF COURSE!!!
Below is the PJ Library & PJ Our Way Seder Plate Guide. I hope you all have a fantastic time with this one:
Yet another wonderful congregation out in LA that is shaking things up in the world one Jew and Gentile at a time! Now, I am not on the same page with everything about this ministry (ie. using the Hillel calendar to observe the Feasts of YHVH or calling men "rabbi") but there is still a lot to glean from this ministry and the messages. I ESPECIALLY love the Esther Ball they host each year. What an extravagant affair! The point is, though, to use the talents the Father has given us to manifest a major outpouring in all things for Him. So check them out: Fusion Global. Have fun and be inspired!
Okay, many apologies for posting this article so far after the feast day, but hopefully you can use this suggestion for your holy day next year! Our Pesach/Passover was a blast this year. We camped out on the floor, but I was determined to get an idea the Father planted in my head to actually come to fruition for our momentous occasion. I had an idea for these adorable custom Passover pillows that'd be easy to make but look quite sophisticated (call me the Messianic Martha Stewart-ha). At this point in time I did not know how to sew with a sewing machine (I since learned just because I was tired of being ignorant-yay) so this project does NOT require advanced skills like sewing to make!
Totally amusing. Please enjoy, smile, and get those cupboards clean for Pesach next week!
Here is a new comedic Pesach video for you. Don't we all just love matzah? Boogie on down with this catchy groove!
I don't care how old you are...these videos are a must for me every year of Pesach! Enjoy logging onto www.shalomsesame.org to view the latest Holy Day videos!
(Photo courtesy of http://michaelrood.tv/blog/clean-cubpoards/)
The Aviv Report
Great news Torah fans, Nehemia Gordon has found aviv barley in the Northern Negev. This means that the new year Rosh Ha Shana bash will be March 23rd at sundown. Happy New Year!!! According to Michael Rood's Astronomically and Agriculturally Correct Biblical Hebrew Calendar, the Feast Dates for the year are as follows (if not dependent upon a new moon sighting like Yom Teruah):
Feast Dates 2012 - 2013
(Photo courtesy of http://kosherkingdom.com/)
New this year, Emet Ministries has released a free copy of a messianic haggadah for your seder! The Creator's name is used and the pagan symbols of the seder are removed! Complete with songs, Hebrew/English translated prayers, and more, this is definitely a resource to have for this holy day.
Today I came upon a website whose mission is to post "A Picture a Day" of the history of Israel. They have blog posts with photographs taken from the Library of Congress where you can get a better understanding of the land and its inhabitants over the last 150 years or more. The photos I have posted here were some that I appreciated, as they are of Zionist girl farmers from the 1920s.
When embarking on each post, I feel like I am sitting around with my Jewish grandfather hearing his own personal accounts of Jewish life. The stories are not about wars, buildings, farms, and places of worship, but of the people who brought the breath of life into them.
I hope you will enjoy this site. Maybe you could use it for homeschooling! Here is the link: http://www.israeldailypicture.com/
Plus, on the site you can subscribe for free and you will be emailed the latest picture of the day in Israel's history.
Oddly, most of the photographs furnished to the Library of Congress came from a Christian sect who dwelt in Jerusalem in the "American Colony," living there between 1881 and the 1940s. (From what I gathered from some of the postings on who the photographers were...)
Here girls are picking almonds in Rishon Lezion (circa 1920)
(Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html)
Meredith Welborn is a mother of five beautiful children who has gradually integrated the Torah into her family's life as YHVH directs her. Her heart's desire is to create a forum for women to grow in the goodness of the Torah, Yah's holy instruction manual.