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)
Sukkot is almost here! Just wanted to let you in on this little item that the Melissa and Doug toy company has if you weren't already aware. Too cute! Google "Melissa and Doug Sukkot Puzzle" and find an online retailer! If you'd like a link to one (and they have Melissa and Doug's Purim, Yom Kippur, etc. puzzles too) here it is: http://www.gkworld.com/product/CI315/Wooden-Jewish-Holiday-Puzzle---Sukkot.html or you can click here: http://www.jewishstore.net/category/Toys:Age-Range:2-to-4-Years/
At The PJ Library, you can be involved in a Jewish reading enrichment program where the organization will mail you free, high quality Jewish children's literature and music on a monthly basis to families in North America. They have many local chapters, and enrollment is for children ages 6 months to 8 years old. The books are children's stories tied to the feasts as well as charity and volunteerism. Wonderful selections, as I have read many of the selections myself!
It's really easy to enroll. Go to this link: http://www.pjlibrary.org/parents-and-families/enrollment.aspx And find your local chapter's enrollment page. It's quick, simple and best of all...Painless!
If you would like to support this program, visit http://www.pjlibrary.org/donors-and-funders/donate-to-pj-library.aspx and help bless children growing up to honor Yahweh's words.